Category Archives: State Park

08-20-17 – Garden of the Gods


Garden of the Gods is a public park located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, US. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1971.

The area now known as Garden of the Gods was first called Red Rock Corral by the Europeans. Then, in August 1859, two surveyors who helped to set up Colorado City explored the site. One of the surveyors, M. S. Beach, suggested that it would be a “capital place for a beer garden”. His companion, the young Rufus Cable, awestruck by the impressive rock formations, exclaimed, “Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods.”

The name “Garden of the Gods” was also later given to a section of the Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, Calif., filled with large sandstone rock formations, because of the area’s resemblance to Colorado’s Garden of the Gods. The story goes that back in the early days of Hollywood, a movie producer seeking a rocky filming location made a comment to the effect of, “Who needs to go all the way to Colorado — we have our own ‘Garden of the Gods’ here!” The Iverson family took the comment to heart and began calling their own collection of rock formations the “Garden of the Gods,” and the name stuck. Today the main section of Chatsworth’s Garden of the Gods has also been preserved as a park.

10-07-15 – Anza Borrego

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is located within the Colorado Desert of southern California, United States. The park takes its name from 18th century Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and borrego, the Spanish word for bighorn sheep.

03-07-15 – Red Rock Canyon State Park


Yet another visit to a nearby favorite location, Red Rock Canyon State Park in Cantil and Ricardo, California. I wanted to visit some areas that I’d not previously hiked through, and try out the Pentax in full-moonlight landscapes.

03-06-15 – Topanga State Park


Located in the cliffs and canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains, Topanga State Park features 36 miles of trails through open grassland, live oaks and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

03-01-15 – Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park


Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park is a 932-acre park located in the Sierra Pelona Mountains, in northern Los Angeles County, California. It is in Agua Dulce between the Antelope Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley north of Los Angeles and seen easily by motorists driving the Antelope Valley Freeway (CA 14).

02-28-15 – Red Rock Canyon State Park


Red Rock Canyon State Park features scenic desert cliffs, buttes and spectacular rock formations. The park is located where the southernmost tip of the Sierra Nevada converges with the El Paso Mountains.

02-14-15 – Tucson Mountain Park


Tucson Mountain Park was established April 1929. At approximately 20,000 acres, the park is one of the largest natural resource areas owned and managed by a local government in the U.S.

02-14-15 – Picacho Peak State Park


As you drive from Phoenix to Tucson, you can’t miss the beautiful Picacho Peak. While I was there only briefly, and at the wrong time of day, I was struck with the Majesty of this peak, and I’ll definitely be back to explore.

01-18-15 – Red Rock Canyon


An evening trip to Red Rock Canyon, near Mojave, California, for a little exercise, photography, and stargazing.

Oct 2014 – Ohio


An autumn trip to Ohio to visit with friends, family, and see the colors!