Angel’s Landing

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So there’s this 1,200 foot sandstone fin erupting from the floor of the Virgin River and we can climb on it. Yes, it’s a highly-trafficked, half-paved tourist draw. It’s also a symbol of what makes everything about our national park system so great. It’s the spine of an epic rock beast hibernating face down that has had chains punched into its narrow, sloping icy steps so people can climb on it to gaze down a narrow, snaking valley. It’s just awesome, no matter how many times you’ve been up there.

Condor

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An early morning hike up to Angel’s Landing in Zion found us face to feather with three California Condors. We heard the wind streaming through their feathers before we saw them. From just below the rim they floated up and past us, each making about two runs around before, with only a single pump of their massive wings, drifting back to the shaded cold of Refrigerator Canyon.

OIA petitions for Canyonlands protection; CNN’s list of cliffside hotels fraudulent

7 breathtaking cliffside hotels: CNN.com
The Grand Canyon Lodge gets no love. Weaksauce.

Outdoor retailers asking Obama for national monument: Salt Lake Tribune.com
Backcountry.com, OIA and others are asking for 1.4 million acres around Canyonlands to be protected.

Time for Secretary Salazar to Save California’s First Marine Wilderness Area: Huffington Post.com
Point Reyes, Drake’s Bay should be made designated wilderness. Surprised it isn’t already.