On another ride, we follow the Bad Man Trail. Various outlaws who lived in the region used this trail when trying to escape possees. Steve and Boss stand in front of a path worn into the sandstone. A lot of bad men and tough-as-hornytoad horses and cattle must have traveled here over the years.
The desert is in bloom. The yellow flower above is showy stoneseed.
Flowering serviceberry is everywhere.
The bees are busy. This one collects pollen from a wallflower.
This phlox grows in a rounded shape, rooted in a mound of sand that it holds safe from wind and erosion.
A pale evening primrose shares space with prickly pear cactus.
Water is scarce, but plants have deep roots.
Deciduous trees mark possible water sources.
Wily animals and humans know where to find pools to sustain them.