US National Parks

National Parks around the US.

At the upper portion of Scoggins Wash just below the junction with the Chinle Trail, the view opens up and you begin to see more of the grand sandstone cliffs ahead.  Due east, the West Temple rises to 7810 feet, about 3600 feet higher than our cu...
Ancient outcrops of Navajo sandstone rise above a high desert of sage brush, gambel oak and ponderosa pines.  This viewpoint is readily accessible from the Hop Valley trail on the Kolob Terrace section of Zion National Park.  Simply scramble up th...
A the head of the Hop Valley Trail in Zion National Park, hikers can stroll around (100+ million) year old sand stone beneath the round hills of relatively young (2 million) volcanic cinder cones.  Some of the sandstone still resembles the gently ...
The High Dune is the highest dune above sea level within the Great Sand Dunes National Park, rising 650 feet above the valley floor to an elevation of 8,691 feet.  The dunes of the park are the highest and tallest in North America.  The nearby Sta...
Medano Creek runs down from the high alpine slopes of the Sangre de Christo mountains to create the southern boundary of an unusual sand dune field, part of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.  The creek helps keep the dunes in place ...
Over two million years the Gunnison river has slowly cut down through the very old, very hard rock of the Gunnison uplift.  And by old, I mean old, 1-2 billion years old - so old and from so deep in the crust it is called basement rock, part of th...
Mount Herard of the Sangre de Christo mountains rises above an unusual sand dune field, part of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Competition between the prevailing winds from the west and opposing winds from the Sangre de Christos ...
Mid-winter rain and snow on the high plateau keep a steady waterfall flowing from the exit of Telephone Canyon above the larger canyon carved by the Virgin River through Zion National Park.  A short wet snowfall has cloaked everything in white, hi...
The Many Pools trail is an easy hike on the east side of Zion National Park that climbs gradually in elevation as it winds over slickrock, sand and in wet weather, a small stream.  The water cascading down the canyon has carved out of the slickroc...
From near 8,800 feet the Point Imperial viewpoint at the north rim of the Grand Canyon offers sweeping views of the northeastern part of the national park.  In the foreground, carved out of ancient petrified sand dunes the spire of Mount Hayden re...
Along the easy trail to Point Royal at the north rim of the Grand Canyon, the visitor is treated to views of the canyon through the natural window formed by an arch in the Kaibab limestone.  Hikers can walk out onto the arch following a short trai...
Arch Rock is a natural arch worn into the old granite that occurs throughout Joshua Tree National Park.In the northern Mojave section of Joshua Tree, the landscape is dominated by vast piles and mounds of weathered granite, the result of the intru...
This dam was built by cattlemen in the 1800s to expand a natural pool to hold water for their livestock.  The pond fills occasionally in wet years, shows a few puddles in the spring of typical years, and is bone dry during dry years.  Since the tr...
Fortynine Palms Oasis is one of five locations within Joshua Tree National Park supporting a grove of California Fan Palms.  Water flowing through underground faults in the area, including the famous San Andreas fault, strikes impermeable rock and...
Indian Cove Campground in Joshua Tree National Park rests at the northern end of the area of the park known as the Wonderland of Rocks.  Great piles of boulders rise above the campsites, casting long shadows and catching the first and last light o...