Category Archive: hiking

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

Capitol Reef, Part 1: Scenic Drive, Grand Wash, and Capitol Gorge

The rest of our time in Capitol Reef did not disappoint though rock slides on one trail forced us to change our hiking plans and rain threatened our travelling in slot canyons. I… Continue reading

Craters of the Moon National Monument

Craters of the Moon is a concentrated area that displays the full range of volcanic events, with which you all are probably more familiar with now than you might care to be. But… Continue reading

Diamond Craters and Round Barn

Next up was an exploration of Oregon’s Diamond Craters, an area that – other than the craters – has more lava flows, cinder cones, and spatter cones. Located in a fairly remote area… Continue reading

The John Day Fossil Beds, Part 3: Sheep Rock

I visited the Sheep Rock Unit last, spending an entire day there. While this area has rock formations no less stunning than the other two units, the stars here really are the fossils.… Continue reading

The John Day Fossil Beds, Part 2: Clarno

The Clarno area of the park showcases formations from the time directly preceding the Painted Hills, from 54 to 37 million years ago, and shows a very complete record of the different mammals… Continue reading

The John Day Fossil Beds, Part 1: The Painted Hills

The John Day Fossil Beds are three separate areas in central Oregon managed by the National Park Service. Where there are fossils, there are usually interesting rocks and with that, I headed towards… Continue reading