On this challenging trail , we enjoyed climbing fun, beauty, and desert serenity.
All together, the picture they formed looked like the Emerald Palace, a wall of tawny bricks that towered into the sky.
After a few steady ascents, we found ourselves facing an open area surrounded by towering hills of rock.
By the time we reached the turning point down into the valley, the sun was just beginning to peek over the horizon.
The winter rains had left ever canyon and crevice full of green growth. Miniature butterflies flitted from little orange flowers to little purple flowers.