This first picture is from the base of the Book Cliffs after a snowstorm had passed through the area. It is looking south towards the Colorado National Monument.
PBF and I ventured out to the No Thoroughfare Canyon trail, just inside the Colorado National Monument. This will definitely be a topic for several hikes to come. The variety of Precambrian metamorphic rocks and the layered sandstones above create many topics for the geologist in me. Here are a few pictures from the initial hike.
|Looking up the canyon.|
|Some sort of intrusion with contact metamorphism around the edges. Definitely returning to this one|
|Side of Independence Monument|
|Thin view of Independence Monument.|
|Rock Monster ready to chomp on unsuspecting hikers.|
The last attempted hike was to Ute Canyon. The weather had climbed to 45 degrees and was amazingly clear, thus providing for great hiking weather!
|Overlook from the start of the trail looking across Ute Canyon.|
The attempted part comes in because of a massive snowstorm that had hit the monument earlier in the week, leaving at least a foot of snow on the steep canyon trail.
|PBF attempting to blaze a trail through the snow.|
|The tiny hills in the far distance are the Book Cliffs.|
|One of the few intact petroglyphs.|