Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National MonumentDinosaur National Monument along the Colorado and Utah border contains many dinosaur fossils embedded in the sandstone. Presumably the dinosaurs were washed to the area in massive floods many millenia ago and got stuck in the sediment, which eventually lithified into rock. [Read more…]

Mountain Bike the 100 Mile White Rim Trail

Canyonlands National ParkThe White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, is a full 100 mile mountain bike route with spectacular views of the rust colored mesas, canyons, and sandstone arches. The trail starts down the Shafer switchbacks not far into the park, and is accessible to mountain bikes, hikers, and off road vehicles. It is named after the light colored water-eroded shelf of sandstone that it follows most of the time called the White Rim. The trail can be ridden in 2 days, but adventurers recommend taking at least 3 days to take in all the sights and venture down the many side trails. [Read more…]

Upper Antelope Canyon – Arizona

Upper Antelope CanyonUpper Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona is located on Navajo Land and just South of Lake Powell. Created by the erosion of the desert sandstone by flashfloods over many centuries, the canyon walls are extremely smooth and curved with the flow of the water. The bed of the canyon is a steep 120 feet below [Read more…]

Emerald Lake Hike – Colorado

Emerald LakeThe Emerald Lake hike starts at the Pine River trailhead in Vallecito, Colorado. Stop in to The General Store on your way for locally made beef jerky and last minute supplies. There is a campground at the trailhead if you want to stay the night and get an early start. Emerald Lake is about 13 miles into the Weminuche Wilderness from the trailhead, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea. The first several miles are relatively flat over a well traveled trail. Be aware that hikers must yield to horses (donkeys and alpacas too), of which there are many in the summer and early fall. The grassy pastures through which the Pine River flows and a couple of private ranches will be your view for only the first couple of miles until you reach the wilderness area. The trail here starts to climb slowly. By the time you [Read more…]

Telluride Ski Resort – Best Snow in Southern Colorado

Telluride Ski Resort – With 1,700 skiable acres and 300 inches of snow a year, Telluride is arguably the place to ski in Southern Colorado.
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Durango Mountain Resort Ski Adventure

The Durango Mountain Resort (DMR) offers everything from back country skiing to horse drawn sleigh rides.

Formerly known as Purgatory, and still called so by locals, DMR has worked in recent years to rebrand themselves as a family friendly resort. With 85 trails, two terrain parks, and over a 2,000-foot drop from the summit to the base, DMR has a trail for every skill level.
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Hartman Rocks – Gunnison Colorado – Rocks and Trails

Hartman Rocks in Gunnison, Colorado offer the sagebrush biker a huge variety of trails and vistas.

The vistas here won’t compare to the contrasting red rocks and blue sky in Moab, but the rolling mountains, sagebrush meadows and valley views are beautiful in their own right.

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Moab Utah Mountain Biking – 40 Trails to Choose

Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, near Moab Utah - image by Thomas Schoch.

Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Moab, Utah. Image by Thomas Schoch

Known as the mountain biking capital of the world, Moab, Utah has some of the best mountain bike trails you can find.
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Southwest USA National Parks Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor adventures abound in the Southwest United States. Hikers, bikers, climbers, and sightseers alike flock to Colorado, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico to take advantage of the limitless trails and unmatched scenery.  You may think only of the Grand Canyon when you think of Southwestern scenery, but here are a few of the lesser known National Parks to visit in the Southwest:
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