See Petrified Ancient Redwoods at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument near Cripple Creek, Colorado
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See Petrified Ancient Redwoods at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument near Cripple Creek, Colorado

Did you know Colorado was once home to giant redwood trees, similar to those found in California and Oregon?  Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is considered one of the world’s richest fossil deposits.  It has yielded more than 50,000 museum fossil specimens from over 1,700 species including 1,500 insects, 150 plants and one of the … Continue reading

Want to See a Moose? Explore the West Side of Rocky Mountain National Park
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Want to See a Moose? Explore the West Side of Rocky Mountain National Park

The west side of Rocky Mountain National Park is the wetter side. The Grand Lake side is also the less traveled side. Your odds of seeing a moose are much higher on the west side. I was spending one night at Grand Lake Lodge because I was doing some live and taped television segments from … Continue reading

Sound of Silence Hike in Dinosaur National Monument
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Sound of Silence Hike in Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument is one of the most unique places on earth, partly because it is home to one of the richest known fossil beds.  There are bones from over 500 dinosaurs and ten species entombed in ancient river sediments called Morrison sandstone.  The remains date back to the Jurassic Period 150 million years ago.  … Continue reading

Overlook Trail Hike in Zion National Park
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Overlook Trail Hike in Zion National Park

It was my second visit to Zion National Park and I only had a couple of hours to get in a hike.  I decided to do an early morning drive from Springdale up the curvy Mount Carmel Road.  The scenic road is scenery galore.  It’s magical watching the sun’s glow overtake the shadows in the … Continue reading

Hiking McKittrick Canyon in Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Hiking McKittrick Canyon in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

McKittrick Canyon has been called “the most beautiful spot in Texas.”  With good reason.  It’s where Guadalupe Mountains National Park started.  Hiking in the national park was one of the main reasons I made a trip to El Paso.  I spent three days in El Paso exploring its missions, food, ancient pictographs in Hueco Tanks … Continue reading