Category Archive: hiking

Great Sand Dunes National Park. Or, Sand in My Shoes. And My Pack. And My Shorts (?).

The National Park Service takes their resource stewardship very, very seriously and reminds visitors through ample signage not to remove or tamper with any objects, animals, or property. So I owe the NPS… Continue reading

Rocky Mountain National Park

We had scheduled 4 days in Rocky Mountain before Rachel had to fly back home but our trip coincided with the beginnings of the thousand year storm that, as you may have heard,… Continue reading

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is not entirely black; the gneiss and schist layers are really more a grayish hue and are liberally dissected by veins of rose and white pegmatite. But… Continue reading

Arches National Park, Part 3: Fiery Furnace!

The Fiery Furnace is described by the Park Service as a “mazelike labyrinth,” a description that I find very apt. Both Rachel and I were very eager to see this but as luck… Continue reading

Arches National Park, Part 2: Devil’s Garden, Tower Arch, and Landscape Arch. Or, Those Dogs Look Like Pigs.

We started the next day at Devil’s Garden, the 7+ mile loop trail that includes 8 arches and a 150 foot spire. Relatively flat at first, the trail gets interesting after passing Landscape… Continue reading

Arches National Park, Part 1: An Introduction to the Incredible

I didn’t do a whole lot of route planning or destination-related research prior to this trip other than a general idea to stay ahead of the cold weather by starting off in the… Continue reading

Canyonlands, Part 3: The Rest of Needles. And Newspaper Rock.

The rest of our time in Needles was full of beautiful sights just slightly less amazing than the Chesler Park/Joint Trail hike. We did a number of short hikes and overlooks along the… Continue reading

Canyonlands, Part 2: Arrival at Needles, the Best Campground in the World, and the Massive Chesler Park Loop/Joint Trail/Druid Arch Hike

This is going to be a long post because I need to tell you about both our campsite and the most amazing hike ever. We arrived at the second section of the park… Continue reading

Canyonlands National Park, Part 1: Island in the Sky

Canyonlands National Park is unique in that it is divided by rivers into different sections that require driving significant distances outside of the park in order to travel between them. We started in… Continue reading

Capitol Reef, Part 2: Spring Canyon, More Petroglyphs, and Rainbows

In addition to being narrower than previous canyons and having higher, more vertical walls, Spring Canyon was a delight to explore due to the interesting erosion patterns and varieties of rock. Explore really… Continue reading