We ride toward the painted hills on the rim of Diamond Plateau, 2500 feet above our starting point on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument.
Cottonwood gold makes water sources easy to find this time of year. In this case, the strip of gold grows along an aptly named Cottonwood Springs.
Coco enjoys his water, even when there's not much to be had.
At Boone Springs, he greedily slurps his fill from an old cow trough.
Mature deer don't grow very big in this dry country, judging by the size of these antlers.
A photo stitch taken from an overlook shows the Green River meandering through Island Park. This two square mile horseshoe shaped curve of the river was first named by the Wesley Powell Expedition that passed through this area in the late 1860's. Island Park is a popular launch location for rafters beginning a float through Split Mountain.
Poor Daisy had to stay home. No dogs are allowed in the National Monument, more's the pity.