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Standing about 4 ft. tall with a wingspan of 6 ft., the Great Blue Heron is an easily seen and recognizable bird along the Colorado or Green River corridors. They are often seen standing in shallow water along the river shore just waiting. Waiting for a meal, fish or some other river denizen, to swim … Continued


Painting the Desert Red

Could the redrock landscape around Moab get any redder? In the springtime the answer is a definite yes! There are at least three flowering plants in canyon country with bright red blossoms that can be easily seen by hikers, mountain bikers, four-wheelers and observant motorists. The Common Paintbrush (Castilleja chromosa) is probably the most widespread … Continued


“When the Cactus is in Bloom”

"Rattlesnakes rattle at the prairie dogs, You can hear that mournful tune, Cause it’s round-up time a-way out west, When the cactus is in bloom." And so goes the old Jimmie Rodgers tune from the 1920’s. It may not be round-up time in Moab, Utah but the cactus is certainly in bloom. Late May and … Continued


Great Blue – River Icon

Standing about 4 ft. tall with a wingspan of 6 ft., the Great Blue Heron is an easily seen and recognizable bird along the Colorado or Green River corridors. They are often seen standing in shallow water along the river shore just waiting. Waiting for a meal, fish or some other river denizen, to swim … Continued


“When the Cactus is in Bloom”

"Rattlesnakes rattle at the prairie dogs, You can hear that mournful tune, Cause it’s round-up time a-way out west, When the cactus is in bloom." And so goes the old Jimmie Rodgers tune from the 1920’s. It may not be round-up time in Moab, Utah but the cactus is certainly in bloom. Late May and … Continued


Favorite Places in Moab, Utah

Everyone has a favorite place in Arches National Park. It might be this trail or that one, this arch or another, Park Ave. or the Fiery Furnace. One of my favorite places is at the end of a dry wash that has no name. I park in a pull-out on the main road road, drop … Continued


Desert Bighorn

Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park are better known for fantastic scenery rather than abundant wildlife. Most visitors to the area, however, are familiar with one animal they would very much like to see – a Desert Bighorn sheep. There are some likely places to see Bighorns around the Moab, Utah area but time … Continued


Great Blue – River Icon

Standing about 4 ft. tall with a wingspan of 6 ft., the Great Blue Heron is an easily seen and recognizable bird along the Colorado or Green River corridors. They are often seen standing in shallow water along the river shore just waiting. Waiting for a meal, fish or some other river denizen, to swim … Continued


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No, I’m not talking about a former U.S. president. This four-letter word is best left unspoken. Especially if you happen to be in a raft or a canoe on one of the rivers in southeastern Utah. Utah author Terry Tempest Williams writes, "There is a reason why the redrock country of southern Utah looks the … Continued


Reflecting on Park Ave

I’ll admit it. I’m fortunate. One of America’s beautiful national parks is just five minutes from my front door. In about ten minutes I can be hiking a wonderful trail through a quiet canyon called Park Ave. in Arches National Park. Early morning after a rain is my favorite time to take in all that … Continued