January 2024 News

New year, new updates. I had planned to post this update at the end of March, keeping with my goal of quarterly updates, but I've been working on the site.

Site updates

Trip Maps

I've updated all of the existing maps on trip reports that have directions - which took some time. I'm still going through old posts and adding maps and directions as I have time.

Site updates

A few pages' layouts and features have been updated. The Trips page, for example, now shows the post count for each region.

New Trips

New trips since last month.

Keys Ranch
While not as well-known as many of the other visitor attractions in Joshua Tree National Park, Keys Ranch is one of the true gems of the park. To protect the ranch from theft and vandalism, the Park Service only allows access via a ranger-guided tour. The tour requires advance reservations
Fried Liver Wash
Fried Liver Wash could be one of the most boring hikes I’ve ever done in Joshua Tree. The canyon really is non-descript. It is just another desert canyon. And to make matters worse, it is a lengthy hike. I do like lengthy hikes, but they have something of interest -

Updated Trips

Updated since last month.

Toroweap Overlook
High above the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon is the Toroweap Overlook. It is the steepest cliff in the canyon, with a 3,000-foot drop to the river below. It is an incredible view and landscape. It is worth the journey to reach it. The overlook is a day-use-only
Clamshell Petroglyphs
The Clamshell Petroglyphs are an easy-to-reach Anasazi site just outside of Fredonia, Arizona. These petroglyphs and pictographs are so old they are hard to see at all. Some interesting designs include some anthropomorphic figures, a water glyph, a six-toed footprint that could be a bear paw, and spirals. Lots of
Nampaweap Petroglyphs
The Nampaweap Petroglyph site is a large site in Arizona’s Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. The name Nampaweap is a Paiute phrase that means “Foot Canyon.” This name probably refers to the canyon as a natural passageway of travel for the Paiute. The petroglyphs carved into the dark basalt canyon walls