Utah just released their proposal to "Right Size" Bears Ears National Monument. This area specifically is no longer considered worthy of being a National Monument (the canyon in front of you is chock full of untouched Native sites due to it's remote access). The 90% size reduction eliminates most all of Cedar Mesa which is the whole point of the Monument due to its huge congregation of Native sites that are currently being looted and need better protection.
Recently explored the 47 miles of the South Fork John Day Wild & Scenic River in central Oregon, gathering content for next year's 50th anniversary of the W&SR Act. Add it to your list, folks; it's majestic. "It's your river. Make your splash!" More pix here: https://flickr.com/photos/50169152@N06/sets/72157687225135106
Last minute trip to Moab was amazing, I took so many pictures! Adventured off-road with 4 great people, crossed off multiple bucket list items, and had an unforgettable time! I didn't get to climb as planned, but just sounds like one of many reasons to go back to one of my new favorite spots!
Today’s #naturaleyecandy shot is a stunner from @mypubliclands, which showcases the brilliance of the night sky at Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conversation Area in Idaho (try saying that five times fast). It’s the dating hot spot in the bird of prey world, and for good reason. Around this time every year, over 800 pairs of hawks, owls, eagles and falcons meet up here to settle down with another special bird and nest. It’s totally romantic.
Photo by Bob Wick, BLM.
Have I mentioned that @mypubliclands is one of my favorite @instagram accounts? Their images are just stunning! Give them a follow if you like beautiful and peaceful imagery. This photo is from Moab in Utah. 🌵 This evening, I will be packing for another trip. Last weekend I was in Boston watching my cousin run the Boston Marathon and this weekend I am off to Chicago for a family friends' wedding. What summer trips do you have planned? Any that involve scenes like this?
Inside Cottonwood Creek narrows.
There is a North and South entrance if you want to hike all the way through. The North end connects the road to the trail through a little crack in the wall, basically dropping you right into the narrowest part of the slots making it very easy for a family hike.
For as rugged as it looks Cottonwood Canyon Road can be driven by passenger car UNLESS IT'S MUDDY!!!
If the road becomes muddy the road is impassible to 4WD vehicles without completely tearing up the road, so if a big storm has been through recently stay off the road no matter what you drive.
But on a warm dry day like this it's absolutely gorgeous.
Cottonwood Road follows "The Cockscomb" a rock monocline that divides the Grand Staircase from the Kaiparowits Plateau and gives easy 2WD access to the heart of the Monument.. The road was originally built to service the power lines running through the area which is really a pain as a photographer because it's almost impossible to take nice pictures that without them in it. Maybe someday the NPS will have the funding rto put them under ground or something...
A massive 20 car pileup?
Remains of a tragedy where a bunch of cars got washed away in a flash flood?
Actually it was deliberate, in the late 1960s when Highway 89 was re-reouted to Page,AZ to support the new Glen Canyon Dam project they had to run the road through the rugged terrain of The Cock's Comb. Crushed 60's era cars were used as fill for the roadbase and Highway-89 was built on their back. From down in this wash that runs alongside the road you can see exposed Corvairs, Impalas, and Bonnevilles.
The mocha colored waters of the Paria river. Pronounced Pah-ree-uh, it's the Paiute word for "Muddy Water". Good call on that one mapmakers.
The Paria starts in the area of the Bryce Canyon Amphitheater but Pioneers in Tropic dug a ditch diverting snowmelt water from the backside of Bryce Canyon over the rim to the Paria creating the waterfall along the Mossy Cave Trail. This time of year much of the water was coming from that high altitude melt water.
Saturday turned out to be a perfect day for a hike, and even more so with max participation. Excited to see local folks excited about their local public lands - #blm Himdman Gulch below Table Mtn, Echo Canyon. Photo Curt Nimz. Speak up for these unprotected BLM public lands that are currently under a public comment period. Learn more at www.WildConnections.org. #blmwild#wildcolorado#centralcolorado#mypubliclands#seeblm
I honestly can't express how excited I am that camping season is returning! 72F during the day and 46F at night in the Grand Staircase; absolutely perfect conditions.
First day of the trip I made it down to the Paria townsite just in time for the evening light; then spent all sunset taking pictures and setup camp and made dinner in the dark. Small price to pay.
The canyon floor falls into shadow while the setting sun illuminates the cliffs, from the Needles Overlook.
The cliffs mark the official border of the new Bear's Ears National Monument. The distant horizon is the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands.