We spent the night just outside Dinosaur National Monument, and mounted up early the next day.
Island Park and Split Mountain Canyon provided our view to the south as we started out.
Our route involved descending into Garden Creek Valley. We had a little problem, though, because our map had 40 foot contour intervals, which could involve a gentle slope of 40 feet, or a cliff. In this case, there was a 40 foot cliff band we hadn't expected.
You can't really see the cliff band in this photo, but we couldn't safely go that way.
Oh, well. If at first you get cliffed out, go to Plan B.
We returned to the two track we'd started on, and found another route.
We saw hoodoos:
And more hoodoos:
Interesting sandstone formations:
Some crazy crossbedding:
Pretty red hills and native bunch grass meadows:
At the end of the day, Mr. Crow gave his caw of approval: