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Wedding Canyon & Monument Canyon

New Year’s Day | Tuesday, January 1, 2013

I ended up staying home for New Year’s Day this year and decided to get out for a hike at the Colorado National Monument in the evening. I always keep meaning to hike up Wedding Canyon, but for some reason or another it has never happened yet. I set out to finally hike that trail today, even if it was covered with snow. I didn’t bother bringing my DSLR with me on this hike, so I only took a few snapshots with my little S90 point and shoot camera.

After leaving the Monument Canyon trail, I followed the snow covered trail along the front side of The Island towards the mouth of Wedding Canyon.

Winter Hiking by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Trail through the snow.

Snow Trail by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Looking back as I start my way up Wedding Canyon.

Wedding Canyon Trail by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The low angle sunlight was lighting up the red sandstone nicely.

Rock by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Earlier in the day someone decided to leave a message for the new year.

Happy New Year by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Nice light on the sandstone of The Island shortly before sunset.

Island Spires by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Shadow by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The view up Monument Canyon as I started my way back down to complete the loop.

Upper Monument Canyon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The view towards Grand Junction and the Grand Mesa before the final descent down Monument Canyon back to the trailhead.

Lower Monument Canyon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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