With the trailhead immediately off the highway, I didn’t have high expectations for my first hike of the day. However, I met only one other soul in the parking lot and he was on a return trip, so that typically is a good sign.
I snaked along a sandy wash for just under a mile and was rewarded with a massive hoodoo overlooking the multi-colored valley. And my first thought…. time to climb!
Then I snaked off to the right to get up close and personal with the towering white walls lining the canyon. It was truly humbling to see how small we are in this world.
A few single track paths wove up the narrow ridges and I climbed to the peaks overlooking even more hoodoos in the Mars-like valley.
I wasn’t ready to leave so I veered off left to what ended up being up my favorite playground, jumping between boulders until I reached the end of a massive plateau resembling a mini Canyonlands National Park.
What a rush!