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My Ten Favorite Trip Reports of 2016

Continuing my annual tradition, I have selected ten of my favorite trip reports from 2016 and shared them below in chronological order. I went on a lot of great trips this year so it was difficult to only choose a few, but these ten trip reports really stood out the most to me after looking back throughout the year. Click on the title to see the full report. Enjoy!


This was one of the very best mornings I’ve spent photographing sunrise at the Colorado National Monument.

Diane and I spent my birthday weekend in Capitol Reef National Park visiting parts of the park that are usually much busier in the spring and fall and had an amazing trip.

It was great to finally get back into the Fiery Furnace in Arches National Park and explore it on our own. We didn’t even get lost!

I always seem to have a great time when backpacking in Grand Gulch, and this year’s spring trip continued that tradition.

Our annual trip into The Maze District of Canyonlands National Park always seems to be a highlight of the year. This year was no exception, despite the warm temperatures and annoying bugs!

I didn’t get to reach as many summits as I had hoped on this trip, but the weather that prevented the hiking made for some nice sunrises and sunsets.

Hiking into the Lone Eagle Cirque has long been on my list of places to visit and part of the reason I started backpacking a few years ago. I’m glad I was finally able to make it happen this summer!

We originally planned this trip as another typical morning hike to the summit of a 14er, however at the last minute the weather in the afternoon and evening was looking favorable so we decided to try a sunset hike. I’m really glad we did since we got to watch a spectacular sunset from above 14,000 feet.

It had been many years since the last time I visited the La Plata Mountains, so it was nice to end my day there with a great sunset this fall.

Diane and I had a lot of fun exploring the unusual formations found in the badlands of northern New Mexico for Thanksgiving this year. A beautiful sunset at the end of the day didn’t hurt, either!