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Bryce Canyon in the Snow

Bryce Canyon in the Snow

Bryce Canyon in the Snow

Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah has some of the most unique natural geologic formations on Earth. Gazing down at the thousands of oddly shaped hoodoos from above is simply mesmerizing and an experience like no other. Descending into the maze of hoodoos on a hike is an even more amazing experience.

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Walking Around the Mojave Narrows

Walking thru Mojave Narrows

Walking thru Mojave Narrows

In the center of the High Desert’s Victor Valley is one of the largest riparian zones in the Mojave Desert. Known as the Mojave Narrows, it is often overlooked as a place to escape our busy, day-to-day lives and enjoy some of the nearby nature that our region has to offer.

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A Visit to Amboy Crater

Amboy Crater

Amboy Crater

Combine this hike into the center of a volcanic cinder cone, along with a road trip over a desolate stretch of old Route 66 and you’ll enjoy a full day of desert exploring. If you like being far away from populated areas (like us), then this remote region of the Mojave Desert is for you. It offers some of the most spacious and unobstructed viewscapes of the open desert terrain.

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Garrapata State Park near Monterey

View from Garrapata State Park

View from Garrapata State Park

If you need a cool escape from the summer heat and want to enjoy some classic California coastline, Garrapata State Park near Big Sur, Carmel and Monterey is a great place to cool off.

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The Lone Pine Area

Mobius Arch & Mt. Whitney

Mobius Arch & Mt. Whitney

There’s a sleepy little town named Lone Pine that offers such a myriad of recreational opportunities for the everyday person to enjoy, it’s amazing that it remains a quaint little town. Even more amazing is that it’s only a 2 to 4 hour drive away from a population of 22 million people – the draw of Southern California.

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Willow Hole in Joshua Tree National Park

Willow Hole Trail

Willow Hole Trail

In our opinion, the hike to Willow Hole, which is located in the Wonderland of Rocks region of Joshua Tree National Park, is one of the most rewarding hikes in the park. The trail passes through all of the scenery that Joshua Tree National Park is known for.

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Owl Canyon in Rainbow Basin

Owl Canyon

A narrow stretch of Owl Canyon

A hike up Owl Canyon will take most people by surprise.  After crossing the wide open spaces of the Mojave Desert near Barstow, one would not expect a canyon full of odd geologic formations and wild colors. Owl Canyon is located inside what is known as the Rainbow Basin Natural Area.

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Golden Canyon Hike Death Valley

Golden Canyon Badlands in Death Valley

Golden Canyon Badlands in Death Valley

This is one of our favorite hikes in Death Valley because of all of the colors and endless shapes and contours of the eroded badlands. The hike up Golden Canyon is a popular one because of many reasons.  For one, it showcases what Death Valley is all about: stark barren beauty.  Two, it is close to Death Valley’s central settlement: Furnace Creek.  Three, it is an easy and rewarding hike, even if you simply walk a few hundred feet into the canyon from your vehicle.  The bottom line, a visit to Death Valley should include a small or long hike into Golden Canyon, just like a visit to Death Valley should include a stop in Badwater.

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Taylor Creek Hike to Double Arch Alcove in Zion National Park

Double Arch Alcove, Taylor Creek

Double Arch Alcove, Taylor Creek, Zion

The Taylor Creek Trail that heads up into the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek, is located in the Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park.  It gives the hiker a sampling of what Zion is all about, along with a unique half-created double arch at the trail’s end.

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Canyon Sainte-Anne

Sainte Anne Waterfalls

Sainte Anne Waterfalls

This wild collection of waterfalls and cascades east of Quebec City, in Quebec Provence, Canada, is quite an unusual attraction. High suspension bridges and overhanging decks allow for some thrilling views of the torrents below.  Our visit to Sainte-Anne occurred in early October, just when the fall colors were at their prime adding more brilliance to this already dazzling place.

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