I must say that the scenery in this park has, even this early in our visit, far exceeded my expectations given the other blogs and travel info I have read.
The weather turned out to be much better than forecast. We had a high of 14C with partial sun so it was great hiking weather. The actual dinosaur fossils are inside a exhibit hall so we will save that for another day.
The Desert Voices Trail starts at Split Mountain and runs along a wash next to some very colourful hills.
There are lots of great rock formations in the park. We stopped at this spot on the drive down to the trailhead.
Jennie climbed the neighbouring hill to check out the rocks and flowers.
We thought that this formation look like some kind of animal.
The Green River runs though the park. It was flowing before Split Mountain was uplifted so as the mountain grew it just kept its course and cut it in half.
This is the view looking down on the Split Mountain campground and boat launch.
The view from the boat launch.
The photosphere which captures the feeling much better.
Some very noisy Canada Geese were nesting in the holes in the rock face.
Here is the map of the Desert Voices trail. It is about 2 miles long and goes along the wash and then climbs up one side to come back on the other side of the ridge.
You start along the wash at the bottom of a valley.
Some geology to check out.
Lots of red and yellow rocks.
And one of me.
A wide panorama of the far wall.
Looking back again towards Split Mountain.
Up we go.
A photosphere from part way up.
We had lunch at the halfway point at the top of the ridge.
On to the other side.
Eventually climbing back over the ridge again.
Then the climb back down to the start.
This was a great way to start the summer’s adventure. It was just enough of a workout for a first hike.