Arches National Park, Utah: Turret Arch

In Arches National Park each natural stone arch is unique, beautiful and worth seeking out. Like a fortress in the baking hot Utah sun, Turret Arch is no exception.

Arches National Park, Utah: North & South Window

North and South in harmony in the Windows Section of Arches National Park. Another spectacular piece of natures sandstone art, these arches are really part of a massive rock formation. Pretty impressive!    

Arches National Park, Utah: Balanced Rock

Not much needs to be said to describe Balanced Rock other than it is huge and also it is pretty amazing that despite what ever Mother Nature throws at it, the rock is still just sitting there like that after all this time! You can find this massive sandstone tower near The Windows Section of Arches National Park.

Arches National Park, Utah: Double Arch

Double Arch is found in The Windows Section of Arches National Park in Utah. This park truly is a red rock wonderland with over 2000 sandstone arches to be found! The Double Arch is one of the mightiest and quite the sight!

Kings Canyon National Park

Once you wind your way along most of the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway you will find yourself entering the main section of Kings Canyon National Park in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. Not long after you will soon literally hit the end of the road within the national park too! The canyon views along the…

Kings Canyon Scenic Byway

From the Sierra Nevada foothills past the Giant Sequoia tree grove of the first part of Kings Canyon National Park you follow the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway through the mountainous Canyonlands of Sequoia National Forest for 80 kilometres / 50 miles along this amazing winding byway until you reach roads end in the mighty Kings Canyon itself ….

Kings Canyon National Park – General Grant Tree

Although better known for the mighty canyon from which it gets its name, Kings Canyon National Park is also home to some mighty Giant Sequoia trees. In March 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the new Kings Canyon National Park to include the glacially formed and massive Kings Canyon and absorbed the former General Grant National Park into it (in…

Sequoia National Park – Land of the Giants

Sequoia National Park in California is home to the Giant Sequoia tree (they only grow naturally on the western slope of Sierra Nevada range). While not as tall as the coastal Giant Redwood the Giant Sequoia has a massive tree trunk, giving them more volume and they are generally much older (the Redwoods are up…

Sequoia National Park – Close Encounter of the Bear Kind

If you go down to the woods today You’re sure of a big surprise. If you go down to the woods today You’d better go in disguise. For every bear that ever there was Will gather there for certain, because Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic. I recently took a wander in…

Joshua Tree National Park – Lost Horse Mine

During, before and after the California Gold Rush of 1849, hardy men and women set off into the harsh California interior and mountains to find gold and hopefully make their fortune (not many did). The desert terrain of what is now Joshua Tree National Park was no exception and some 300 mines were developed there. Most…

Joshua Tree National Park – Wall Street Mill

The old Wall Street Mill can be found on a relatively short hike (3.54 km / 2.2. mile round trip) through the desert from the Wonderland of Rocks area of Joshua Tree National Park. This was a two stamp mill used to process gold found by gold prospectors within the region and was operated as needed from 1930…