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December 22, 2014

United States National Monuments: Pipe Springs and Vermillion Cliffs


An ornery resident at Pipe Springs National Monument

An ornery resident at Pipe Springs National Monument

 In Arizona, just across the border from Utah, are two contrasting National Monuments, tiny Pipe Springs and massive Vermillion Cliffs. (more…)

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April 25, 2012

Page Arizona


Upper Antelope Canyon (HDR)

Page Arizona does not rank as a cultural destination.  This small town on the northern edge of Arizona was established in 1957 to support the construction of the nearby Glen Canyon Dam.  Page’s history is (more…)

January 4, 2012

Mt. St. Helens: Lava Canyon and Ape Cave


Near Windy Ridge Spirit Lake is still jammed with dead trees left from the 1980 eruption. Mt. Rainier appears over the ridge.

Most visitors to Mt. St. Helens approach the National Monument from Castle Rock Washington.  Highway 504 takes tourists from the Interstate 5 corridor to the Coldwater and Johnston Ridge vantage (more…)

December 29, 2011

Mt. St. Helens: Plains of Abraham/Ape Canyon


Mt. St. Helens signature mountain biking ride is a combination of two trails.  Ape Canyon Trail climbs on a ridge above its namesake canyon.  Named for a purported Bigfoot sighting in 1924, the canyon is a (more…)

Mount Saint Helens: The Climb


Climbing Mt. St. Helens is just a walk in the forest down low.

Periodically the notion of climbing a mountain sparks through our synapses. Usually good sense prevails. The painful pounding reality of the effort required to reach the top of some remote mountain quickly tempers the overactive enthusiasm. This time we made an exception. Mt. St. Helens was just too interesting not to climb.

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June 26, 2011

National Monuments: Grand Staircase-Escalante and Utah SR-12


Utah State Road 12 climbs the Head of the Rocks

Utah State Route 12 links Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce Canyon.  In between the two parks is Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  (more…)

June 11, 2011

The Southwest: Cortez to Capitol Reef


The Airstream reaches Moki Dugway

Many of the iconic landscapes of America’s National Parks lie within the Southwest’s Grand Circle.  Is there a region in the States with a greater (more…)

June 3, 2011

National Monuments: Natural Bridges


Owachomo Bridge, Natural Bridges National Monument (HDR)

The Southwest’s Grand Circle is chock full of magazine cover worthy sights.  The most iconic of these lay within the boundaries of the regions National (more…)

April 28, 2011

National Parks: An Arches Drive By


Approaching The Windows (color infrared)

There’s more to Arches National Park than Delicate Arch.  You’ll have to trust me on that one.  Though we’ve tramped most of the short hikes off (more…)

April 27, 2011

National Monuments: Canyon de Chelly


Spider Rock in Canyon de Chelly

In the midst of the Navajo Nation in the northeast corner of Arizona is Canyon de Chelly (pronounced “shay”).  Unique amongst the National (more…)

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