June 16 to 20, 2015
Arches National Park, Canyonland National Park & Mesa Verde National Park
Beginning our hot, dry, hike to the Delicate Arch
I can see the Delicate Arch from here but this shade is just iiiirrresistible!
Is this huge or what?
We finally got a chance to have the Arch to ourselves.
Sand Dune Arch
These rock formations looked like magnificent palaces of an ancient kingdom. Canyonland N P.
Can we make graffiti on these rocks??
Mesa Verde Visitor Center
Waiting for our ranger to guide us through The Most Adventurous Cliff Dwelling tour, to the Balcony House, one of the preserved cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Pueblo people.
Can we really? Should we really? Looking at the 32-foot Balcony House entrance ladder
No looking back... we started the steep ascent by the cliff
Did we just go up that thing?
The Kiva, believed to be a ceremonial room used by the Anasazi Puebloans
The Balcony. next to the entrance to the 18-inch wide, 12-foot long tunnel we were going to crawl through
Another climb, this time up the 60-foot stone steps by an open clliff
That Balanced Rock at the Arches National Park seems to be star-gazing too
High noon picture-perfect
Dead Horse State Park, Evaporation Pond
Island in the Sky, Canyonland.
One of the many amazing rock-formations at Cave Spring, Canyonlands National Park
Cave Sprng trail