Hike to Forgotten Valley in Golden Gate Canyon State Park
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Hike to Forgotten Valley in Golden Gate Canyon State Park

This is a hike with a history lesson. It’s an ultra-family friendly hike to a historic homestead. Four generations of Swedish-Americans lived at the Tallman Ranch in Forgotten Valley in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Take a picnic and fishing poles. There’s a pond stocked with trout. It’s a wonderful fall hike and easy to … Continue reading

Hiking Warner Point Trail in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
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Hiking Warner Point Trail in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

You don’t have to worry about crowds at this national park home to a magnificent wilderness of jagged canyon walls and a river rushing by far below.  Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is the least visited national park in Colorado.  It’s also one of the least visited in the country.  It should be … Continue reading

Hiking Petroglyph Point Loop at Mesa Verde National Park
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Hiking Petroglyph Point Loop at Mesa Verde National Park

I love Mesa Verde National Park. If I’m anywhere close, I’m likely driving up the mesa to spend more time in the first national park dedicated to the works of man. Ancestral Puebloan people lived on the mesa from around 600 AD to 1300 AD. I love doing the loop drives and hitting the trail. … Continue reading

Hiking the Chain Trail at Hueco Tanks near El Paso
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Hiking the Chain Trail at Hueco Tanks near El Paso

Chain Trail in Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site near El Paso, Texas, is aptly named.  As you ascend North Mountain, you hold on to a chain.  It’s short and steep with a wow factor when you reach the top. I had spent a couple of hours on a Rock Art Tour with a … Continue reading

Castle Ruins in Colorado: A Great Hike in Morrison
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Castle Ruins in Colorado: A Great Hike in Morrison

I set out on a hiking adventure with my cousin Elizabeth and her two grandsons in Morrison, Colorado. It’s a great small town in the Foothills and only about 20-25 minutes from downtown Denver. I thought we were heading out on a 3-4 mile hike. Little did I know we were hiking to castle ruins … Continue reading