Ubehebe Crater at Death Valley

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Fire over Kit Fox Hills…

It was early.  Very early. It was still dark when I cracked my weary eyes and peered sleepily out of the opening in my mummy bag stretched across the cot.  The weather had been a little windy, but nice and I had slept in the open that night so I … [Read more...]

Teakettle Junction – The Crossroads

  The sturdy truck rolled to a stop, dragging with it a cloud of dust and the last crunch of rock under our tires.  Sliding out of the cab and stretching, I walked around the faithful rig as the dust settled again on the old road.  The three … [Read more...]

The Hidden Yucca Forest of Death Valley

Like most people, I suspect, I had a certain image in my head of Death Valley.  I imagined this bleak, flat, dry, barren desert.  Even a casual glance at a map of Death Valley National Park proves otherwise, showing a crazy array of contours shaping … [Read more...]

A Window into Arches National Park

My recent trip to Arches National Park was my first visit ever to this park and I really had no idea what to expect.  Of course I had seen many pictures from Arches and had a copy of the map of the park, but that doesn't really tell you much. We … [Read more...]

Wrapping up the Big Giveaway

When we launched ParksFolio we hit the ground running with a pretty Big Giveaway full of sweet gear from our site sponsors.  Today is the FINAL day of the giveaway and soon it will be time to pick the winners (ends at midnight tonight, so last chance … [Read more...]

Sunset from Mesquite Springs Campground in Death Valley

There are a lot of camping options in Death Valley National Park.  The main campground is at Furnace Creek near the visitor's center and sees the majority of the RV and seasonal traffic.  Much of the backcountry is open for camping as long as you're … [Read more...]

The Primitive Trail at Devil’s Garden

I expected to do the full loop, including the Primitive Trail, when we talked about hiking Devil's Garden in Arches National Park.  However, the fact that I was just recovering from a knee injury and the trail is listed as "strenuous" meant we'd have … [Read more...]

Lunch at Double O Arch in Devil’s Garden

Double O Arch is 2.1 miles in (direct route) on Devil's Garden Trail in Arches National Park.  You can hike further to the Dark Angel (the dark rock tower seen in the distance) and an another mile to your hike (round-trip).  The alternate Primitive … [Read more...]

Danger at Landscape Arch

One of the coolest thing about the Arch formations at Arches National Park is the accessibility.  For the most part, the trail takes you right up to, or through, the arch and allows you to really interact with the formations.  There is something … [Read more...]