Mesa Sunflare

This is the Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park. Viewing the sunrise here can be crowded and it is a long drive from Moab, Utah in the dark, but well worth the effort. I have been here a few times and walked out on the top of the arch. If you can overcome the vertigo…

Painted Hoodoo

This kind of rock formation is known as a hoodoo. This particular one can be found in the Paint Mines Interpretive Park located in Calhan, Colorado. This naturally eroded landscape is a nice surprise in what is otherwise a very flat part of Colorado. There are a few trails in the park, but the riverbed that runs through these…

A Garden Sunrise

The sun rises on Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This is the #1 U.S. park in 2014, according to tripdvisor.com, and #2 in the world. High praise for sure and I can understand why. This is a beautiful piece of land, set aside for the enjoyment of all generations. I can do no better than…

Mesa Arch

This is the epic view through Mesa Arch. The arch is found at the cliff’s edge of a short, half-mile roundtrip trail inside the Island in the Sky area of Canyonlands National Park. Canyonlands, in my opinion, is one of the most underrated national parks—probably due to its size, relative remoteness, and difficulty to explore. This place…

Rock Ripples

Mesa Verde National Park is best known for its amazing Pueblo cliff dwellings, but the rock formations in the area are also worth the visit. These ripples were carved into some sandstone rock within one of the many overhangs in the cliff walls. It is in this area of the rock strata that all the cliff…

Double O

This is Double O Arch, so named because of the two arches stacked one on top of the other within the same rock fin. The top arch is obviously the larger of the two and has a 70′ wide opening. The lower one is substantially smaller, but you can relatively easily climb through the lower archway’s opening….

Reflective Rock Garden

This is the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs at the start of a beautiful spring day. Some of you may be thinking that you’ve been here and you don’t remember ever seeing a pond. This pond is fleeting and is only here after heavy flooding rains, which are infrequent in this part of…

Delicate Reflection

I wrote last month about how much I like the hike to Delicate Arch inside Arches National Park. The angle seen here is a bit harder to capture. A thunderstorm rolled through and caused my wife and I too have to abandon our first attempt to make it up the trail, but it was a blessing in disguise….