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Grand Canyon Backpack: Death March or Grand Adventure?
Classic feature updated and revised.
Our most exciting backpacking adventure in Grand Canyon National Park took place in Spring, 1990. The original article recounting the trip was written in the 1990s during the early days of the Internet. This revised feature offers more and better quality photos, a PDF map, and a more detailed account of the adventure.
...For our seventh and, to date, last trip to the bottom of the Grand Canyon we planned a true expedition. Our week-long, sixty mile hike would include secondary trails, routes, and trail-less cross country; our most challenging backpacking trip ever...(More)
Desert Wildflowers - 2013 Season
The most beautiful event in the deserts of the American Southwest is the spring wildflower season. During a good year, the profusion
of color provides a spectacular contrast to the normally arid landscape. To get the best displays there must be heavy rains
the previous autumn. This happens perhaps once every seven years. In October 2000, southern Arizona received heavy and persistent
rains with spectacular results. Our current season (2012-3) has been moderate, and we have observed some fine displays at Scottsdale, Arizona's McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
California Whale Watching
This past summer has been outstanding for whale watching on the Central Coast of California. Humpback whales have been active and close to shore...they generally feed in the nutrient-rich waters of the central coast from about May to October. (More...)
Navajo National Monument - Touring Betatakin & Keet Seel Ruins
Navajo National Monument in northern Arizona offers guided tours of two outstanding cliff dwellings dating to the 13th century, Betatakin and Keet Seel. Read my recently discovered journal which describes both tours in complete detail.
The Rock Art of Horseshoe Canyon
Horseshoe Canyon, a detached section of Canyonlands National Park in a remote section of southeast Utah, features some of the world's greatest rock art. The Great Gallery is the most well-known and spectacular of the canyon's four major panels. Horseshoe Canyon itself is spectacular with steep sandstone walls... (More...)
Grand Canyon National Park:
Arizona's Fossil Creek
Night Vision Series
- FEATURE STORY - Kicks on Historic Route 66, America's most beloved highway. This is a diverse multi-part story with many great photos!
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park offers some of the Southwest's most famous and unusual scenery. Its Navajo name, Tsé Bii' Ndzisgaii, means "Valley of the Rocks". The high desert landscape on the border of Arizona and Utah is a fantastic wonderland...
- Lower Antelope Canyon - Photographers' Fantasyland.
Become a superstar photographers for a day by visiting Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon, exquisite "slot canyons", abounding with fantastic and easily accessible photo opportunities.
- The Wave - "Stone Tsunami in a Sandstone Ocean".
You need to get lucky to visit the magnificent Wave in Coyote Buttes North of the Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, one of the world's most well-known and surreal landscapes.
- Remote Adventure at Coyote Buttes South.
The companion site to the more famous Wave, the adjacent Coyote Buttes South features an exciting drive on remote roads and at-large exploration of an untrailed wilderness.
- Goffs, California offers a surprising contrast to the other ghost towns on Historic Route 66 in the Mojave Desert...
- Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California combines beautiful mountain woodlands, lakes and meadows with numerous volcanos and fascinating volcanic hydrothermal phenomena most notably at Bumpass Hell whose features include roaring fumaroles, thumping mud pots, boiling pools, and steaming ground...
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- Free Entrance Days in National Parks. Includes dates in January, April, June, September, and November.
- Highway US-89 Remains Closed south of Page, Arizona due to a recent landslide. This impacts travelers between Lake Powell and points south, such as Flagstaff or the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The detour, using AZ-98 and US-160, adds about fifty miles each way. A shorter detour route is expected to be opened by the end of the summer.
- Fatalities at the Wave. There have been three hiker fatalities during July, 2013, at the iconic Wave formation in northern Arizona. The six mile round trip hike crosses a shadeless, trail-less desert to one of the American Southwest's most photogenic sites. Each year, 48,000 people apply by lottery for 7,300 hiking permits from the Bureau of Land Management. The BLM does not qualify permits based on hikers' ability to deal with extreme conditions such as the summer heat.
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