I would hate to guess how many times I’ve used the words “spectacular,” “amazing,” “awesome” or “stunning” to describe what we’ve seen on this trip. Despite their overuse, the canyons we saw today can only be described that way. From a series of overlooks and trails, we looked down at the labyrinth canyons that had been cut deeply into the rocks. Sheer cliffs, great faults and rainbow-hued rocks only added drama to the scene.
|Plug Hat Butte|
|The Beginning of Canyon Country|
|A Road Leading Down into the Canyon|
An unexpected treat was seeing the wildflowers that bloom in the spring at these high elevations. A profusion of yellow, red and blue blossoms seemed to flourish in the arid environment. These delicate flowers were such a stark contrast to the wildness of the canyons.
|A Profustion of Wildflowers|
|Butterfly on the Scarlet Gilia|
When we reached the end of the road, we hiked to the end of Harpers Corner to take in the most dramatic view of all, the confluence of the Green and Yampa Rivers. We climbed through pinyon pine and juniper forests on our way to the tip of a promontory overlooking the canyons. It’s hard to describe just how rugged these canyons appear from above. I don’t know how high we were above the rivers, but the rafts we spotted floating down the Green River appeared no larger than small dots. The view from this spot was one that I will not easily forget.
|The End of the Trail|
|Yampa River Canyon|
|Green River Canyon|
|Tim and Sarah at Canyon Country|
We retraced our steps and left Dinosaur National Monument. We drove eastward across a lonely stretch of northwestern Colorado and camped for the night at Yampa River State Park. It was a long, but good day.