Meteor Crater, Arizona

I’d hoped to do the short guided hiking tour of part of the rim, but arrived too late in the afternoon. I missed the last one by minutes.

Meteor Crater is a meteorite impact crater approximately 37 miles (60 km) east of Flagstaff …

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Despite its importance as a geological site, the crater is not protected as a national monument, a status that would require federal ownership. …

… some 170 m (560 ft) deep, and is surrounded by a rim that rises 45 m (148 ft) above the surrounding plains. …

Meteor Crater is a popular tourist attraction …

During the 1960s and 70’s, NASA astronauts trained in the crater to prepare for the Apollo missions to the Moon. …

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Management of this natural treasure is excellent. I doubt the National Parks system would do better.

a girl hikes the GR20 in Corsica

The video is complete. On what some call the toughest hike in Europe.

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Three weeks of filming in one of the most amazing location in the world was breathtaking. We walked the route in real time, as we did all filming, with all the obstacles and beauties. Now we can present the authentic story. …

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Sunset Crater, Arizona

Climbing to the rim has been closed for decades. Hikers were doing too much damage.

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I did the partly wheelchair accessible 1-mile (1.6km) trail Lava Flow Trail and some of the 1-mile (1.6km) Lenox Crater Trail. Both were snowy.

Sunset Crater AZ

Sunset Crater AZ

But if you are passing anywhere close to Flagstaff, Arizona, any time of the year. I recommend you make this stop. The Visitor Center is excellent.

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The date of the eruptions that formed the 340-meter-high cone (1,120 ft) was initially derived from tree-ring dates, suggesting the eruption began between the growing seasons of A.D. 1064–1065. However, more recent geologic and archaeological evidence places the eruption around A.D. 1085. …

On the same road trip visit nearby Wupatki National Monument.

Wupatki Pueblo

Wupatki Pueblo

If you book in advance, Rangers offer guided hikes from October through April. Anywhere from two hours to two days.

scrambling Red Rock Canyon, Vegas

I met up with my friends from Couer d’Alene, Idaho. Their gymnasts were competing at the Lady Luck Invitational.

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Branch Whitney:

Red Rock Canyon (20 miles west of Las Vegas) is home to the best scrambling (climbing up, over, around, and down rock) routes in the world. If you liked mazes when you were a kid, you will love Red Rock Canyon. …

Las Vegas’ best kept secret: Hiking and rock scrambling just minutes from the Strip

We’d never seen Red Rock Canyon so busy. Seems my favourite tourist destination in the city is no longer off the radar.

Entry fee.

boycott Utah

Support Patagonia and Black Diamond.

The company this week threatened to pull out of Salt Lake City’s biannual Outdoor Retailer Show, a trade show that brings in 45,000 visitors spending more than $40 million each year. …

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes (R) vowed to sue the White House last month after Obama set aside 1.35 million acres, including sacred tribal lands, to become Bears Ears National Monument. The Navajo Nation and conservationists alike hailed the designation as a victory. But Reyes, later joined by the state’s Republican governor and lawmakers in Washington, D.C., denounced the move …

Patagonia Is Gearing Up For War With Utah Republicans Over National Monument

Most Republicans in the USA seek to sell of public lands to the highest bidder. 😦

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