Monday

Roadtrip - The Grand Staircase – Scenic Route 12 – Southern Utah

The 2-page PDF file below provides information and pictures from a road trip back in 2009 that took us to Scenic Route 12 in Southern Utah. Use the “scroll bar” on the right to scroll down to the next page. To view for reading, click on the “Full Screen” Full Page Icon icon located at the very right of the Scribd menu bar at the bottom of the page. Directly below this file I have included a slideshow with some additional pictures of our visit.

Grand Staircase - Route 12 by Kenneth Clarke

 

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Slideshow Description: The slideshow above contains 43 pictures that were taken while driving Utah’s scenic Route 12.

Roadtrip – Silverton Colorado

The single page PDF file below provides information and pictures from a road trip back in 2010 that took us to Silverton, Colorado. To view for reading, click on the “Full Screen” Full Page Icon icon located at the very right of the Scribd menu bar at the bottom of the page. Directly below this file I have included a slideshow with some additional pictures of our visit.

Silverton Colorado by Kenneth Clarke

 

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Slideshow Description: The slideshow above contains 35 pictures that were taken on a trip to Silverton Colorado.

Roadtrip – Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

The 2-page PDF file below provides information and pictures from a road trip back in 2009 that took us to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park on the Arizona-Utah state line. Use the “scroll bar” on the right to scroll down to the next page. To view for reading, click on the “Full Screen” Full Page Icon icon located at the very right of the Scribd menu bar at the bottom of the page. Directly below this file I have included a slideshow with some additional pictures of our visit.

Monument Valley - Blog Master by Kenneth Clarke

 

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Slideshow Description: The slideshow above contains 30 pictures that were taken on a riding tour of Monument Valley.

Roadtrip - Grand Canyon National Park – North Rim

The 2-page PDF file below provides information and pictures from a road trip that took Connie and I took back in 2009 to the north rim of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Use the “scroll bar” on the right to scroll down to the next page. To view for reading, click on the “Full Screen” Full Page Icon icon located at the very right of the Scribd menu bar at the bottom of the page. Directly below this file I have included a slideshow with some additional pictures of our visit.

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Slideshow Description: The slideshow above contains 51 pictures that were taken on our visit to Grand Canyon north.

Roadtrip–Antelope Canyon, Page AZ

The 2-page PDF file below provides information and pictures from a road trip that took us to Antelope Canyon just east of Page, AZ back in 2009. Use the “scroll bar” on the right to scroll down to the next page. To view for reading, click on the “Full Screen” Full Page Icon icon located at the very right of the Scribd menu bar at the bottom of the page. Directly below this file I have included a slideshow with some additional pictures of our visit.

   
Hiking through these slot canyons was absolutely amazing. Over 1,600 feet long, there were several places less than 18-inches wide, where you had to turn sideways to pass through. Because the images in the PDF above are rather small in size, I decided to include a handful of larger ones for your view pleasure. The first three pictures below (Figs. 01 thru 03), were taken by my friend Marc when he and Connie hiked through the upper portion of Antelope Canyon. The final three that follow these (Figs. 04-06) are a few of my favorites that I captured in the lower canyon.
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Slideshow Description: The slideshow above contains 30 pictures that I took in the lower slot while Connie and Marc hike the upper slot.

Roadtrip - Wupatki National Park

The single page PDF file below provides information and pictures from a road trip that took Connie and I to Wupatki National Park, north of Flagstaff. To view for reading, click on the “Full Screen” Full Page Icon icon located at the very right of the Scribd menu bar at the bottom of the page. Directly below this file I have included a slideshow with some additional pictures of our visit.

Roadtrip – Sedona, AZ

The 1-page PDF file below provides information and pictures from a road trip that took us to Sedona, Arizona back in 2009. To view for reading, click on the “Full Screen” Full Page Icon icon located at the very right of the Scribd menu bar at the bottom of the page.

Sedona Arizona by Kenneth Clarke

 

Roadtrip - Oatman, AZ

The single page PDF file below provides information and pictures from a 2008 road trip that took us to Oatman, Arizona. To view for reading, click on the “Full Screen” Full Page Icon icon located at the very right of the Scribd menu bar at the bottom of the page. Directly below this file I have included a slideshow with some additional pictures of our visit.

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Slideshow Description: The slideshow above contains 19 pictures that were taken on our visit to Oatman, Arizona.

Roadtrip - Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

The single page PDF file below provides information and pictures from a road trip back in 2010 that took Connie and I to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument just north of Flagstaff. To view for reading, click on the “Full Screen” Full Page Icon icon located at the very right of the Scribd menu bar at the bottom of the page. Directly below this file I have included a slideshow with some additional pictures of our visit.

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Roadtrip - London Bridge - Lake Havasu, AZ

This 2-page PDF file below provides information and pictures from a road trip back in 2008 that took us to the London Bridge in Lake Havasu, Arizona. Click on the page to scroll down. To view for reading, click on the “Full Screen” at the very right of the Scribd menu bar at the top of the page.
 

Roadtrip – Kingman, AZ

This 2-page PDF file below provides information and pictures from a variety of stops we have made on various visits to Kingman Arizona since 2005. Use the “scroll bar” on the right to scroll down to the next page. To view for reading, click on the “Full Screen” at the very right of the Scribd menu bar at the top of the page.

Roadtrip – Petrified Forest National Park, AZ

The three-page PDF file below provides information and pictures from a road trip that took us to the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. We passed through this park on our way to Las Vegas back in 2003. The third page provides a copy of the park's official map. Use the “scroll bar” on the right to scroll down to the next page. To view for reading, click on the “Full Screen” Full Page Icon icon located at the very right of the Scribd menu bar at the bottom of the page.

Roadtrip – Grand Canyon Railway

The 2-page PDF file below provides information and pictures from a 2009 road trip that took us to Williams, Arizona where we boarded the Grand Canyon Railway for a trip to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. Use the “scroll bar” on the right to scroll down to the next page. To view for reading, click on the “Full Screen” Full Page Icon icon located at the very right of the Scribd menu bar at the bottom of the page. Directly below this file I have included a slideshow with some additional pictures of our visit.

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Slideshow Description: The slideshow above contains 26 pictures that were taken on our ride to the Grand Canyon on the Grand Canyon Railroad.

Roadtrip – Grand Canyon National Park–South Rim

The 2-page PDF file below provides information and pictures from a road trip back in 2010 that took us to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, north of Williams, Arizona. Use the “scroll bar” on the right to scroll down to the next page. To view for reading, click on the “Full Screen” Full Page Icon icon located at the very right of the Scribd menu bar at the bottom of the page. Directly below this file I have included a slideshow with some additional pictures of our visit.

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Slideshow Description: The slideshow above contains 27 pictures that were taken at the south rim of the Grand Canyon.

Roadtrip - The Arboretum at Flagstaff, Arizona

The 2-page PDF file below provides information and pictures from a road trip that Connie and I took back in 2008 to the Arboretum at Flagstaff, Arizona. Use the “scroll bar” on the right to scroll down to the next page. To view for reading, click on the “Full Screen” Full Page Icon icon located at the very right of the Scribd menu bar at the bottom of the page.

Road Trip – Walnut Canyon National Monument, AZ

The 2-page PDF file below provides information and pictures from a road trip back in 2009 that took Connie and I took to Walnut Canyon National Monument near Flagstaff, Arizona. Use the “scroll bar” on the right to scroll down to the next page. To view for reading, click on the “Full Screen” Full Page Icon icon located at the very right of the Scribd menu bar at the bottom of the page. Directly below this file I have included a slideshow with some additional pictures of our visit.

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Slideshow Description: The slideshow above contains 23 pictures that were taken on our visit to Walnut Canyon.

Thursday

Four New Holiday Posts

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Every year around the holidays we make an attempt to visit a few of our favorite holiday displays. Always on the top of the list are the exhibits at the Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. This year’s fall display was titled, Autumn Harvest. This year’s winter display was titled, Winter Holiday. Next was a stop at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory & Botanical Cactus Garden. During the Christmas holidays they completely cover this 3-acre cactus garden with more than a half-million lights. It is a nightly spectacular that draws thousands of visitors. This year, because we attended the Mannheim Steamroller concert at the Venetian/Palazzo casinos, we were also treated to the Winter In Venice decorations that were displayed throughout both casinos. 

Monday

Argentina Mine Update & Table Mountain Post

E-P1030472Back in November, my friend Harvey Smith and I did some four-wheeling along Sandy Valley Road in search of the Argentina Mine. After about a 1-3/4 mile drive and hike, we located the mine site and spent more than an hour exploring the area. We then continued driving around the area and eventually drove up to the top of Table Mountain. At 5,140 feet, this peak provided some beautiful views of the town of Sandy Valley to the west and the town of Goodsprings to the east. Click the following links for pictures and to read up on these two hiking excursions. The Argentina Mine and Table Mountain.

Sunday

Valley of Fire State Park Update

E-P1030675I recently made another visit to the Valley of Fire State Park with some company that was visiting from Kansas. Because the weather was quite overcast, I was only able to capture a few pictures. I did however, completely revamp my original post for Valley of Fire to make it easier to navigate. Click here to view the recent update … Valley of Fire State Park
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The Neon Museum & Boneyard

E-IMG_3720Last week I visited the Neon Museum near downtown Las Vegas for the second time in two years. Our 45-minute tour lasted nearly an hour and was very informative. I made up another collage from the dozens of pictures I captured on this latest visit and decided to re-do the original post that I had made two years ago. Click here to view the two collages, new slideshow and background information on the museum … The Neon Museum.

New Desert Bighorn Sheep Posts

IMG_5226Took a trip to the Valley of Fire last week with some visiting company and came across a small herd of Desert Bighorn Sheep just before the western entrance. After updating my page [Desert Bighorn Sheep at Valley of Fire State Park] I realized that I had some previous pictures that I had never posted and decided to create two more new pages. One for one of our past stops at [Desert Bighorn Sheep at Hemenway Park] outside of Boulder City, and another for a sighting I had at [Desert Bighorn Sheep at Hoover Dam] while taking pictures with my cousin over a year ago.

Saturday

Northern Desert Iguana (Dipsosaurus dorsalis)

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I came upon this desert iguana back in October of 2012 while hiking the Riverwalk Exploration Trail inside the Colorado River Heritage Greenway Park in Laughlin, Nevada. This trail parallels the Colorado River for more than two miles. When I first approached him, he was sunning himself on the cement walkway at the beginning of the trail. Eventually, I got him to move off the walkway and onto the desert sand for a more natural background.
  
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Description
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The Desert Iguana (Dipsosaurus dorsalis) is one of the most common lizards of the Sonoran and Mojave deserts of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. It is a blunt, medium to large lizard which can grow up to 16 inches in length, including the tail. They are pale tan to cream in color with a light reddish-brown reticulated pattern on their backs and sides. The result is that this lizard blends in quite well with its native sandy, rocky areas. It has a small head with a blunt nose. Its scales are small and granular except for a row of enlarged keeled scales on its back. This row of slightly-enlarged, keeled dorsal scales run down the center of the back, becoming slightly larger as they extend to near the end of the tail. The reticulated pattern gives way to brown spots near the back legs, turning into stripes along the tail. The tail is usually around 1½ times longer than the body from snout to vent. The belly is pale. During the breeding season, the sides become pinkish in both sexes.

These lizards can withstand very high temperatures, higher than any other North American reptile, and are out and about long after other lizards have retreated into their burrows. They burrow extensively, and will often climb into shrubs for shelter and defense. Their burrows are usually constructed in the mounds of sand that accumulate around the bases of bushes like the creosote. They also often use ready-made burrows of kit foxes and desert tortoises. Active in the daytime, they can often be seen on rocks basking in the hot sun. They eat mostly plant material - leaves, flower buds, and flowers. The creosote bush is a staple food. They also eat insects, carrion, and fecal pellets. Their habitat is most common in sandy areas around creosote bush flats, scrub, dunes, washes, streambeds, and floodplains. They hibernate in burrows during the winter. They can be found on the desert sides of Southern California mountains, and the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains in the Owens Valley, to the Arizona, Nevada, and Baja California Borders.

Caliente Nevada

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06/20/2012 Trip Notes: Even though we had to pass through this town on several occasions, other than a few historic houses and the old Historic Railroad Depot (Fig. 01) which contains a Library and Art Museum, along with the town’s City Hall, there really really isn’t much to see or do in Caliente. On a short stop, we toured the depot and the Boxcar Museum adjacent to the station that houses memorabilia and photos documenting Caliente’s railroad history.
 
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Caliente History: Caliente is a town steeped in railroad history. This rich meadow area around the junction of Meadow Valley Wash and Clover Creek was originally settled in the early 1860’s. With the establishment of the Jackman Ranch in the early 1870’s, the area became known as Dutch Flat. In 1874, ranchers Charles and William Culverwell purchased the Jackman Ranch
and renamed it the Culverwell Ranch, causing it to later be referred to as “Culverwell.” Along with ranching, the family earned a living by providing hay for the mining camps in Pioche and Delamar.
In the late 1800’s, a dispute between 2 major railroad companies began when E.H. Harriman of the Oregon Short Line and Union Pacific, pushed track from Utah to the site of Culverwell. About the same time, the newly formed San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad owned by Senator William Clark, claimed the same territory. These rival groups sought the right-of-way in a canyon only big enough for a single set of tracks. In 1901, as owner of the land, William Culverwell ended the Harriman-Clark battle by allowing only one railroad grade to be built through his property. The 2 factions eventually reconciled, with Union Pacific assuming control of the
project. Culverwell became “Calientes” (the Spanish word for hot) after the hot springs found in a cave at the base of the surrounding mountains was discovered. The town was surveyed, and on August 3, 1901, a post office opened and postal officials renamed the town Caliente, dropping the “s”. The railroad line was completed in 1905, and by 1910, Caliente was the largest town
in Lincoln County with 1,755 residents. A 2-story wooden structure served as a train depot until burning down in one of Caliente’s disastrous fires in 1921. In 1923, the Union Pacific Railroad Station, the impressive two story classic mission style building, designed by John and Donald Parkinson from Los Angeles, still stands today. It originally housed a 50-room hotel, restaurant, telegraph office and community center as well as a train depot. Much of its interior was made of solid oak and its total cost was $83,600. Today it houses Caliente’s City Hall, Library and Art Museum. Within a few years, Caliente grew to more than 5,000 residents and became one of the major division points on the railroad line. After steam engines were replaced by diesel locomotives in the 1940’s, the division point moved to Las Vegas. Without the depot as a main railroad stop, the town’s growth soon dwindled.

Fire Wave Hike – Valley of Fire State Park

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Winter in Venice at the Venetian/Palazzo

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12/18/2012 Visit Notes: The week before Christmas we went down to the Venetian/Palazzo Casino on the Strip to attend a Christmas concert by Mannheim Steamroller. The theme throughout both casinos this year is Winter in Venice. The collage in (Fig. 01) above contains nearly a dozen individual pictures taken around the Palazzo. In addition to all the normal Holiday decorations one would expect for the season, there was an ever present theme of white peafowl everywhere.  From the outside valet area (Fig. 02), to the main entryway (Fig. 06), to the waterfall shopping mall area (Figs. 03 & 04) and many of the shops (Fig. 05), everything was adorned with dozens of white peafowl, some more than 10 feet tall. It was just stunning. In the main entryway with its faux ice sculpture (Fig.06), we were met by Italian costumed greeters with cups of warm mulled cider – a really nice touch for a cold, windy, wintery night.
 
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Valley of Fire State Park - Summary Page



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General Visitation Info: The view in (Fig. 01) is at the east entrance to the park. If you are new to the park, you should stop at the Visitor Center. Not only are there displays and vast information available, park rangers can provide detailed information on specific locations and hikes. The map in (Fig 02) shows the general location of the park’s most noted points of interest. Winters are mild with temperatures ranging from freezing to 75 degrees. Daily summer highs usually exceed 100 degrees, and may reach 120 degrees. Summer temperatures can vary widely from day to night. Average annual rainfall is four inches, coming in the form of light winter showers and summer thunderstorms. Spring and fall are the preferred seasons for visiting the Valley of Fire. From the perspective of the photographer, allow me to say that you should plan a visit here to obtain optimal sunlight for the part of Valley of Fire that you are interested in taking photos of. Time of year and time of day will have a direct impact on the outcome of your pictures. Try to be at Rainbow Vista between 9 am and noon to capture the direct sunlight on the valley below. After the sun reaches the halfway point in the sky, the shadows are from the west and increasingly obscure more of the area. The Mouse's Tank Trail is best taken closer to noon or when the sun is directly overhead. Because large parts of the trail are surrounded by high canyon walls, they will be in shadow for large parts of the day.
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Due to the number of my visits here, this post was becoming quite long and unwieldy. As a result I decided to turn this page into a SUMMARY page, breaking it down into a series of separate posts by trip and location visited. Below are brief summaries of trip notes for each of my visits noting specific points of interest pertaining to the areas visited, followed by a link to the post containing detailed information and pictures for that particular trip. There is a slide show at the bottom that contains pictures from all of my visits.

  • 09/09/2016 Trip Notes: On this day, Bob Croke, Ron Ziance and myself headed out to Valley of Fire to start the first of our end of summer hikes, the Rainbow Vista Trail. This was a relative easy and short hike, however, the big surprise of the day was the spotting of eight Desert Bighorn Sheep grazing along the side of the road. Click here for pictures and description of this great hike ... Rainbow Vista/Fire Canyon Overlook Hikes

  • 04/13/2016 Trip Notes: On this day my friend Jim Herring and myself made a trip to the Valley of Fire state park. While their today we visited and hiked three locations; a location off Atlatl Scenic Loop, Elephant Rock and the White Domes. Our goal at the Atlatl Scenic Loop location was to locate a sandstone formation called the Fire Glow Cave seen in the picture shown here. Click here for pictures and information about this site ... Fire Glow Cave. For our second second stop we hiked a short 1/3-mile at Elephant Rock. Click here for pictures and information about this site ... Elephant Rock. After this we drove to the White Domes for a picnic lunch. After lunch we hiked the 1.2-mile White Domes trail. Click here for pictures and description of this great hike ... White Domes Hike.

  • 02/13/2016 Trip Notes: On this day my hiking partner Robert Croke and myself hiked Valley of Fire's "Top of the World" hike for the second time. For today's hike we were accompanied 24 other hikers on a "guided" tour led by one of the parks' rangers. Our main purpose for signing up for this hike was to find out if there was an easier route to reach the top than the one we had previously hiked back in 2013 (see below). Click here for pictures and a description of this hike ...  Top of The World Hike (VOF) - Trip Notes for 02/13/2016


  • 01/01/2016 Trip Notes: Today I made another visit to the Valley of Fire with hiking partners Bob Croke and Ron Ziance, to hike the Duck Rock Trail. This somewhat strenuous, 2.65-mile loop hike was an unmarked, off-trail route that was guided by a park ranger. After assembling at the hike trailhead off of White Domes Road, a group of more than 25 headed out into a remote desert area on the northern boarder of Valley of Fire State Park. We primarily followed a series of washes and a few old roads. Click here for a link to pictures and a description of this hike … Duck Rock Hike in Valley of Fire

  • E-P103097404/23/2015 Trip Notes: Today I made yet another visit to the Valley of Fire with my neighbor and hiking partner Blake Smith. As it turned out we ended joining the rock-hounds from the Henderson Senior Facility for three stops: The Cabins, Mouse’s Tank and the Fire Wave. When we reached the Trailhead for the Fire Wave hike, six of the rock-hounds decided to join us for this hike. After reaching the Fire Wave, instead of taking the trail back to the trailhead, I decided to “switch things up” by hiking the Kaolin Wash back to mile marker 5 on White Domes Road. Hiking this wash provided some stunning views and turned out to be a great decision. Click here for a link to pictures and a description of this hike … Fire Wave & Gibraltar Rock in Valley of Fire.

  • EP-P106044401/30/2014 Trip Notes: On yet another visit to Valley of Fire State Park with the rock-hounds from the Henderson Senior Facility, Harvey Smith and Robert Croke and I decided to hike the Silica Dome/Fire Canyon at the end of Rainbow Vista Road. Even though it was kind of an overcast day, we were still able to capture a few nice photos of the rather strenuous two mile R/T hike that involved some class 3 scrambling down into Fire Canyon. Check it out here …Silica Dome Hike in Valley of Fire  

  • EP-P105069301/01/2014 Trip Notes: On New Year’s Day I attended the “2014 First Day Guided Hikes” here with my hiking friends, Harvey Smith and Robert Croke. It was just a beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the 60’s. Because we arrived early, we hiked Mouse’s Tank and Petroglyph Canyon first on our own. This hike provided us with a little “warm’up”, as well as hundreds of ancient petroglyphs. Check it out here …Mouse's Tank. Our main hike was a guided 5-mile R/T hike to the Pinnacles, with 15 other hikers in the group. Because we still had the morning sun, I was able to get some very colorful pictures like the one shown here. Check it out here … Pinnacles Hike in Valley of Fire.


  • EP-P105054212/13/2013 Trip Notes: Today I made another trip to Valley of Fire to hike the “Top of the World Arch” hike. Having failed on my previous attempt, this time I was armed with a group of map printouts, and was determined to find the arch on this trip. I was joined by Bob Croke, one of my rock-hound hiking partners. Even though it took us longer than expected, we finally made it to the top. Click here to check it out … Valley of Fire Trip Notes for 12/13/2013 Top of the World Arch Hike.

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  • 12/05/2013 Trip Notes: On this trip to the Valley of Fire State Park with the Rock-hounds from the Henderson Senior Facility, I hit two spots that I had been to before; a place called The Cabins and a hike to a location called, The Top of the World Arch Hike. While five of us tried to find the trail to the Top of the World Arch, the remainder of the group hiked various locations including the Fire Wave and Mouse’s Tank (scroll down to links below). Before leaving the park for our journey home, we all enjoyed lunch in the picnic area next to The Cabins (again, scroll down to link below).

    Link to … Valley of Fire Trip Notes for 12/05/2013 (Top of the World Arch)

  • E-P104000801/01/2013 Trip Notes: On New Year’s day my friend Harvey Smith and I drove to Valley of Fire for two guided hikes; one to the Fire Wave and one labeled as the “Top of the World Hike” along White Domes Road. This was actually my second visit to the Fire Wave, but got to hike more of the surrounding area on this hike. For the second hike we arrived early at the designated trailhead location and decided to try the hike on our own. Unfortunately we headed out on what we thought was the trail only to discover that it did not lead us to the top of the ridge line that we had picked out.  In spite of ths, we still had a very nice 2-1/2 hour hike through some gorgeous desert, dry washes and narrow ravines that led to the base of the mountains.
    Link to … Valley of Fire Trip Notes for 01/01/2013 (Fire Wave & Gibraltar Rock).
    Link to ...  Valley of Fire Trip Notes for 01/01/2013 (White Dome Rd Hike)

  • E-P1030662-212/01/2012 Trip Notes: This visit was just quick tour with visiting company that included stopping at the parks most noted sites. Probably the most notable thing about this visit was the spotting of a small herd of Desert Bighorn Sheep just before entering the park’s west entrance. (refer to the map in (Fig. 02) above).
    Link to ... Valley of Fire - Trip Notes for 12-01-2012

        
  • E-P113003206/28/2012 Trip Notes: On this trip to the Valley of Fire State Park with my neighbor Marc Resnick, we hit two spots that neither of us had been to before; a place called The Cabins and a hike to a location called the Fire Wave. (refer to the map in (Fig. 02) above for their locations).
    Link to ... Valley of Fire - Trip Notes for 06-28-2012
       
  • E-P110069503/22/2012 Trip Notes: After a hike to the Buffington Pockets in the Muddy Mountains, our group drove through the park, making a potty stop at the visitor center on our way home. Just after entering the park from its western entrance, we came upon a lone, rather emaciated Desert Bighorn Sheep.
    Link to ... Valley of Fire Trip Notes for 03-22-2012    
      
  • E-P108035403/14/2012 Trip Notes: On today’s visit we lunched with my sister Bonnie and her husband Paul in the picnic area overlooking Rainbow Vista. This is without a doubt the most colorful area within the park and should not be missed.
    Link to ... Valley of Fire - Trip Notes for 03/14/2012 (Rainbow Vista)

        
  • E-P108037711/13/2011 Trip Notes: On this visit with Connie's brother Rick, we tried to hit as many of the well known picture taking spots as we could fit in. Among others, we stopped at Silica Dome, Rainbow Vista, Atlatl Rock, Arch Rock and Elephant Rock. (refer to the map in (Fig. 02) above for their locations).
    Link to ...Valley of Fire - Trip Notes for 11/13/2011 (Atlatl Rock, Elephant Rock, etc.)
Rather than create a separate slide-show for each of these visits, I have combined pictures from each visit into the single slide-show below.


In an effort to add a little color to this page, I decided to group some of the plant life pictures I've captured over time. For some unknown reason, I have yet to visit here during the spring months when the plant life would be most prominent. Even still, my various visits have provided me with very interesting rock faces as well a variety of plant life. This coming year I think I will make a concerted effort to visit during the wetter months of spring in hope of capturing more wildflowers and plant life.
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Slideshow Description: With additions for recent visits, this slideshow now contains 232 pictures that I have taken on nine different visits to the Valley of Fire State Park.