Tag Archive: National Monument

Dec 06

Lava Flow Trail: Sunset Crater National Monument

The best hike in the Sunset Crater National Monument in Arizona is the Lava Flow Trail.  A short mile long loop that explores the volcanic landscape.  Overlooked by the San Francisco Peaks and Sunset Crater the Lava Flow Trail offers the best scenery in the park.   The Lava Flow Trail is an interpretive loop hike with …

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Dec 04

Lennox Crater Trail: Sunset Crater National Monument

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In a land of scenic views the Lennox Crater Trail offers yet once again another one.  A steep short trail that once I gathered my breath I was able to enjoy the fine sight of the San Francisco Peaks and the Bonito Lava Flow below.  A nice workout.  Worth doing if you have the time …

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Nov 30

Rim Trail: Walnut Canyon National Monument

Scenic, short, and flat, top three things that make for a “hey everybody can do this one” hike.  The Rim Trail at Walnut Canyon National Monument is an easy .7-mile trail that offers some wonderful views of the canyon below.  Home to over 300 cliff dwellings of the Sinagua people.  Walnut Canyon National Monument offers …

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Nov 28

Island Trail: Walnut Canyon National Monument

Easy to visualize but hard to fathom how any group of people would not only live on a cliff side rim but thrive.  The Island Trail provides a close up look at this historical site.  The trail drops 185 feet over a series of steps.  Once down to the “island” part of the trail the …

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Nov 12

Wupatki National Monument: Arizona

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In the rain shadow of the San Francisco Peaks sits the wondrous Wupatki National Monument.  The 1500-year-old ruins of the Hisatsinom or ancient ones.  Incredibly preserved in the desert landscape a visit to the Wupatki ruins was like taking a step back in time.  Close to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument making a visit to …

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Oct 30

Saddle Rock Trail: Scottsbluff

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Saddle Rock Trail is the trail at Scottsbluff National Monument.  A paved 3-mile round trip hike to the top of Scottsbluff.  A scenic trek that is good for the first-time visitor as well as a good workout for those that live in the area.  Unfortunately, the Saddle Rock Trail has been shut down since 2015 …

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Oct 24

Scotts Bluff National Monument

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Remembering the fond days of sitting in the computer lab starting at the green screen of the Apple IIE and watching Johnny get diphtheria.  Ahh the days spent on the Oregon Trail.  Getting the chance to see some of those landmarks at Scotts Bluff National Monument was a real treat for me.  Yes, I am …

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Jan 13

Rim Rock Drive: Colorado National Monument

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Rim Rock Drive, the park road in Colorado National Monument, is one of the most scenic drives that I have been on.  Just 23 miles long.  Rim Rock Road is short and oh so sweet.  There is just something about the crisp blue western sky painted above the sweet red rocks below that gets me …

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Jan 01

Sunrise at Colorado National Monument

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A few years ago you could not have paid me enough to get up to catch sunrise during a vacation.  Now I look forward to it.  Well, at least one special spot on each trip.  I am not that crazy it is called a vacation for a reason.   On this particular trip I decided it …

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Nov 25

Petroglyph National Monument

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Situated on the Westside of Albuquerque, Petroglyph National Monument was an ideal stop for us as we were in town for the balloon fiesta.  It was cheap to visit. The weather was nice so being outside was a must.  It was also one of the last major attractions in the ABQ that we had not …

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