Sat in Zebra Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, UT
Not the usual hiking gear, but the whole water element was a surprise, and we weren’t going to turn back after finding this place. We hiked through in just our underwear with no boots on, often reaching water that was chest-high. For the middle of summer, the water was surprisingly chilly, but it just added to the crazy experience. An unforgettable day amongst a summer of unforgettable days, 2014.
It’s easy to see why Lower Calf Creek Falls is one of the most popular hikes in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah, designated 20 years ago today. The hike traverses a lush streamside oasis that bisects the dramatic and harsh bedrock landscape east of the community of Escalante. Observant hikers on the 6 mile round-trip trek can spot pictographs and rock granaries perched on the opposite canyon walls as they wind up the cottonwood lined canyon. The hike is relatively level, but stretches of soft sand make it moderately strenuous.
At the end, the reward is a picture-perfect 126 foot cascade over a red-rock cliff. The green and yellow colors that line the contours of the column of water came from algae growing on the sandstone that thrive on the falls’ year-round flow. A must for your bucketlist!
Paria, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, in Southern Utah. This spot was used as a movie set for westerns in years past. The multicolored rock layers exposed here are also found in the famous Painted Desert. The road is impassable when wet.
Time lapse videos of sunrises, sunsets, and the night sky over the landscapes of the US west, including Yosemite, the Colorado River, the White Pocket at Vermillion Cliffs, and Joshua Tree National Park. I particularly enjoyed the shots of the shadows moving up and down the landscape at dawn and dusk. From the original video caption:
This short movie presents the predictability of our planetary system. Catch the first sun rays brushing over Half Dome in Yosemite. Watch the Moon setting to the West while the Milky Way is rising to the South East over Arizona. Follow the Milky Way spanning across the night sky, giving us just a glimpse of what else may be out there. Observe as the shadows are getting longer, and the Milky Way is rising from behind the moonlit landscape. Catch the Supermoon rising over Rodgers Peak and Half Dome.
Ending #TravelTuesday with a few stunning locations for your bucketlist. For more great photos and public lands to explore, check out our My Public Lands Instagram – we reached 200,000 followers just last weekend!
The BLM manages nearly 22.9 million acres of public lands in Utah, from the snow-capped peaks of remote mountain ranges to colorful red-rock canyons. Visit these stunning lands in 2016 for one-of-a-kind hikes, floats, camping and more! #getoutdoors
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Visitors enjoy countless types of outdoor adventure – not just hiking – on the approximately 250 million acres of BLM-managed public lands in the United States.
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