Harlequin Ducks

Harlequin Duck Survey Part 2

For mid-May, McDonald Creek in Glacier National Park was low and clear. Normally at this time, it’s fast, high and muddy. Either way, it’s a great time to go looking for Harlequin Ducks. With it being so clear, however, we had front row seats to watch them dive and feed.     Once again, I […]

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Watchman Trail

The Watchman Trail

The Watchman Trail in Zion National Park is one of the shorter hikes originating from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center parking lot that offers great views up the Zion Canyon. It offers little shade, so it’s best to avoid the heat of the day and hike it in the morning or in the evening.   Kristen […]

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Harlequin Duck Survey

Harlequin Duck Survey

I have been looking forward to helping the biologists of Glacier National Park with the Harlequin Duck survey since last year. It just never worked out for last year, but this year, I was able to head out into the field looking for these amazing ducks along McDonald Creek. It was a beyond beautiful spring […]

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Archeology Trail

Archeology Trail

The Archeology Trail is a short located near the Zion Canyon Visitor Center that offers a nice overlook and an interpretive sign on the archeology of the site. The trail starts in the parking lot of the Visitor Center and scrambles up a steeper rocky trail with no shade. All archeological artifacts and any other […]

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Grinnell Lake

Grinnell Lake Spring 2015

  The Many Glacier Road opened up recently and Kristen and I decided to hike to Grinnell Lake and it was a great day. Being spring in Montana, we got some sunshine and some snow and a lot of Glacier National Park all by ourselves. The trail was mostly clear of snow, but did have […]

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Pa'rus Trail

Pa’Rus Trail

The Pa’Rus Trail in Zion National Park is a wonderful paved path that follows along the Virgin River. It is the only trail in Zion that is both bicycle and pet-friendly (on a leash). I’ve hiked along this trail, once in May of 2014 and again in April 0f 2015 in the evening which is […]

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Riverside Walk

Riverside Walk

The Zion Canyon Road ends at the Temple of Sinewava where the wonderful one mile long Riverside Walk starts. This paved path follows the Virgin River and is perfect for anyone, including those in a wheelchair. It is a very popular trail, so expect to have some company. The further up you go, the walls […]

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West Rim

West Rim (including Angels Landing)

The length of the West Rim trail with a side trip up Angels Landing is a great sampler platter of Zion National Park from the ponderosa and oak leaf shrubs of the high desert to the sandstone cliffs and finally down to the Virgin River in the Zion Canyon. In May of 2014 Kristen and […]

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Apgar Lookout

Apgar Lookout Early 2015

With a drier spring, some of the early trails such as Apgar Lookout are opening up sooner than normal. While we still walked on a bunch of snow, it was amazing to get out on a perfect day! Hiking to Apgar Lookout has almost become a tradition of mine at the beginning of the season. […]

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