Following Theodore Roosevelt

It all started on Thanksgiving 2012. I was hiking the North Dakota badlands with some buddies when we came to Theodore Roosevelt's Elk Horn Ranch. TR took refuge at Elk Horn following his departure from politics after both his mother and wife died on … [Read more...]

Aztec Butte in Canyonlands National Park

With only a half day to explore the Island of the Sky District at Canyonlands National Park, I opted to check out a few of the shorter day hiking opportunities, including the hike to Aztec Butte. The Aztec Butte trailhead is located on the road to … [Read more...]

A Presidential View

Perched above Hot Springs National Park is the 216 foot tall Hot Springs Mountain Tower. The tower overlooks the city of Hot Springs, Hot Springs National Park, and the Ouachita Mountains. The tower is the latest in a succession of towers built on … [Read more...]

Sunset at Black Canyon

The South Rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison is lined with overlooks. Some of the overlooks require short hikes to get to, while others are located right off the road. All of the overlooks offer a different view of the magnificent canyon, and … [Read more...]

Victory at Capitol Reef

We emerged from Spring Canyon at Capitol Reef victorious; we had successfully thru-hiked the entire canyon over the weekend. But this was no average weekend, this was a weekend in the dead of winter. Three days earlier the park ranger thought we … [Read more...]

Most Adventurous Tour at Mesa Verde

When deciding which tour my wife and I would go on during our visit to Mesa Verde National Park, we were sold on the Balcony House tour, thanks to the "Most Adventurous" tagline that accompanied it. I'm not sure how the Balcony House tour compares … [Read more...]

Summiting the Great Basin

At 13,065 feet above sea level, Wheeler Peak in Great Basin National Park is the tallest independent mountain in Nevada (Boundary Peak is taller, but that peak is a sub peak of a California Mountain). The most common route to the summit of Wheeler … [Read more...]

Pausing for Druid Arch

I'm not a photographer. I'm not someone that makes a habit of stopping on the trail. I'm a hiker. I'm a hiker that doesn't stop. The more I hike, the more miles I get in. The more miles I get in, the more I see. The more I see, the more I … [Read more...]

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

As a wilderness adventurer, I'm drawn to places off the beaten path. I enjoy the piece and quiet the wilderness offers. I enjoy standing atop a summit, all by myself, with the (incorrect) feeling that I was the first to conqueror the mountain. I … [Read more...]

Exploring Lehman Caves

Great Basin National Park is situated in the middle of northern Nevada's Great Basin, miles from anywhere else. Great Basin boasts being father away from a major highway or city than anywhere else in the lower 48 (although I would contend that Isle … [Read more...]