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… Brain like rock formations above “The Wave” in North Coyote Buttes just south of the Utah Arizona border near Kanab, UT. There are so many different weird geological formations in this part of the country. Everywhere you look is something totally different in texture, shape or color.

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the great slumber


… The Sleeping Giant rock formation in the Alabama Hills just below Mount Whitney and just west of Lone Pine, California. The Alabama Hills are an awesome place for recreation. They are easy to get to off Whitney Portal Road in the center of Lone Pine. A few miles up the road is Movie Road, a well graded gravel/dirt road that wanders through the hills with what seems like hundreds of off-shoot dirt roads of various states of maintenance that head back into different corners and pockets of the hills. Amazing free dry camping locations are plentiful all throughout the hills. Many RV’s park out in the open, but you can easily find some very hidden sheltered spots if you are tent camping or in a pickup or van camper; it can get quite windy. If you are tent camping, I would suggest investing in a small table-in-a-bag or other form of foldable table for cooking as there are no picnic tables around. There is a pretty nice standard campground a couple miles south if you prefer to pay $10 or so to have a bathroom and picnic table. The campground is not among the cool rock formations, but you do have some beautiful sweeping vistas of the mountains and valley.

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… If I remember correctly, this is Highway 12 in Central Utah, on the way to Calf Creek. It is pretty close to Capitol Reef National Park. I believe this particular section of the highway is called The Hogsback. There are very deep canyons/valleys on both sides of the narrow ridge which holds the highway. Everything is so vast in this part of the country. You can see for miles and miles in every direction.

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… A wider view of Eureka Sand Dunes in the northern section of Death Valley National Park. Accessible from Big Pine, California via Highway 168 and Death Valley Road. Or, if you have a vehicle of means, it is accessible from the south via some backroads from the main western entrance to the park off of Highway 190. There is a narrow canyon at Steel Pass that has a few pretty big rocky crawls to climb in order to get over the pass. We came in from Big Pine and after hanging around the sand dunes a bit, we started down the backroad going south toward the main entrance to the park just to see how far we could get in my 4×4 Jeep Liberty. We made it all the way up to Steel Pass and decided not to push it up the rocky ledges and turned back down. We were just one vehicle, and if we ran into any trouble we could have been quite stuck. If we had another able 4×4 with us, we would have gone for it. I keep a hand winch, tow straps, shovel, spare gas, etc. along for emergencies, but my Jeep is still stock with all-terrain tires.

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velvet folds


… Eureka sand dunes in the northern section of Death Valley National Park accessible from Big Pine, California via Highway 168 and Death Valley Road. These are the tallest sand dunes in California at about 700 feet tall, but only cover about 3 square miles. The Kelso sand dunes in Mojave National Preserve previously shown here are just slightly shorter but cover more than ten times the footprint of Eureka dunes at about 45 square miles. The Eureka dunes are nestled in a smaller valley and stand out from the flat-ish scrubby valley floor in their amazing height and brightness.