For some reason I never posted my favorite trip reports for 2013, but I'm bringing it back this year with my favorites from 2014. I had an amazing year and visited a lot of new places, plus revisited some others. I think I took some nice photos along the way and had a lot of fun. All of the photos on this site come from these trips. I try to post my best photos over here on Anasazi Photography, but there are plenty of other photos in my trip reports that don't make the cut and help document my adventures. If you'd like to see more of those photos, make sure to check out ADVENTR.CO
Here are my top ten favorite trip reports from 2014. As you might notice, I had a great year in Canyonlands National Park.
An amazing three days spent in the Maze District of Canyonlands National Park over Memorial Day weekend. The sunrise on our last morning will be hard to forget!
My first visit to Coyote Buttes North this year and I had some beautiful conditions. I spent much of the day hiking in lesser-traveled areas on my own. I also finally managed to make it to Yellow Rock. I've been trying to get there for years!
A nice overnight backpacking trip in the San Juan Mountains. The highlight of this trip was climbing to the top of a nearby 13er to catch a spectacular sunset!
>> Blue Lakes
Another location in the San Juan Mountains that I have wanted to visit for a few years. It's a beautiful area and there were plenty of wildflowers to be found.
My desire to someday visit Salt Creek Canyon was part of the driving force for me to start backpacking a few years back. I was finally able to reach this goal and had a great trip in the spring!
My annual Fall Colors trips in Colorado rarely disappoint, and this year was no exception in the Elk Mountains.
I always have a great time exploring the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.
After climbing Courthouse Mountain in the morning, I was treated to an exceptional sunset in Gray Copper Gulch before going to sleep for the night.
I've tried to complete the White Rim Trail a few times in the past, but something has always prevented me from doing so. 2014 was the year I finally completed the loop.
Fallen Roof Ruin What's better than spending the long Thanksgiving weekend hiking and searching for ruins and rock art on Cedar Mesa?
It's that time of the year when I look back at all the photos I have made throughout the year and try and pick out a few of my favorites. I managed to get out on a lot of trips this year took quite a few photos along the way, so it's been difficult for me to pick out just a couple. I hope you enjoy the photos I've chosen. Please feel free to leave me comments on my selections below.
Blue Lake Sunrise
I went on an amazing backpacking trip to the Blue Lakes in the San Juan Mountains this summer and managed to catch some nice wildflowers and a great reflection of Wolcott Mountain at sunrise next to the lower Blue Lake.
After the Storm
After spending two days in The Maze District of Canyonlands National Park over the Memorial Day weekend, we were treated to this amazing sunrise from the Maze Overlook on our third day before heading back home.
Squaw Park View
A different view of the well-known Fisher Towers this past spring as I explored the Squaw Park area just east of Arches National Park. The late afternoon storm moving through the area added a nice mood to the scene.
Mount Sopris Dawn
Light Around the Bend
A sunset in Gray Copper Gulch that I didn't think was going to happen. There was a small enough gap in the clouds on the horizon that produced these colors at sunset during a stormy evening in the San Juan Mountains.
Molar Rock and Angel Arch at sunrise during a backpacking trip through Salt Creek Canyon in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. I've wanted to visit this arch for many years and was glad to finally reach that goal this year.
Since I always seem to have a difficult time choosing only ten of my favorite photos from the year, here are a few runners-up that just missed making the top ten in 2014. Enjoy!
Dry Hollow Sunset
Fall in Ute Canyon
I've had this photo of Ute Canyon in the Colorado National Monument on my mind for a couple of year now and was finally able to pull it off this past fall.
Calf Creek Falls Detail
Grand Mesa Colors
During the year I try to keep track of all my favorite photos by adding them to a Flickr album as I upload them. You can check out my full album of favorites here to see which others didn't make this list:
Also, make sure to check out the recent additions to Anasazi Photography here:
If you read my last post on the blog, you may have noticed me mention that I have another photo on the cover of a 2015 calendar. It's true! My photo 'Pothole Point' is featured in the Peaks, Plateaus and Canyons of the Colorado Plateau 2015 Calendar for the month of December. This particular calendar is available at National Parks and Monuments throughout the Colorado Plateau, which is pretty cool. However, if you buy the calendar at the Colorado National Monument, this photo is also on the cover!
It truly is an honor to have my photos featured on the covers of both of the 2015 calendars that are sold at the Colorado National Monument Visitor Center this year.
On may way to go hiking yesterday morning, I stopped at the Colorado National Monument Visitor Center to pick up a Peaks, Plateaus and Canyons of the Colorado Plateau 2015 Calendar (I have a photo on the cover of the calendar, but more on that in another post). While I was there I took this quick photo of the calendar display with my iPhone since I have the cover photo on both of the 2015 calendars they are selling this year, and I'm not sure if that will ever happen again!
As the year 2014 nears it's end, I thought I would mention that there's still time left to get a copy of the 2015 Colorado National Monument calendar from the Colorado National Monument Association's website and the Visitor Center. The photo above is used on the cover of the calendar and I also have a few other photos scattered throughout the inside. It's an honor to have one of my photos chosen for the cover of this calendar two years in a row!
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