Best of Great Sand Dunes National Park – Top 8

For many, it comes as a surprise that the largest sand dunes in North America are not found in one of the southern deserts but rather in Colorado’s high Rocky Mountains. Great Sand Dunes National Park is an odd but beautiful place with many surprises. Here, surrounded by peaks that rise over 13,000 feet, even…

Visiting Garden of the Gods – Top 8 Activities

The Garden of the Gods park in Colorado Springs, Colorado is consistently rated by TripAdvisor as one of the best parks in the country. Upon arriving at this natural wonder it is easy to see why. Massive red rock fins protrude hundreds of feet into the air. This would be a stunningly beautiful park anywhere…

Hiking Paintbrush Divide – TCT Day 4

Our fourth day on the Teton Crest Trail was another epically long day due to poor planning on my part. It would be an 11-mile journey with 2,925’ of seemingly unrelenting elevation gain while hiking Paintbrush Divide. While our second day of backpacking the Teton Crest Trail was technically our longest, today would be the…

Exploring the Teton Crest Trail – Day 3

Our third morning on the Teton Crest Trail in Wyoming started with the sunrise at our campsite on Sunset Lake. We weren’t in a huge hurry and took our time striking our campsite. This day was scheduled to be one of our easiest days with about 4 miles total on the TCT with an added…

Backpacking the Teton Crest Trail – Day 2

Our Second Day of Backpacking the Teton Crest Trail started early and was long. We traveled over 13 miles by our GPS tracker’s data. The journey started at our campsite at Moose Creek (which is where our first day had ended) and took us into the National Park, by Marion Lake, over Fox Pass, Mt….