We were so pleased to find our favorite campsite right on the rim unoccupied! The views from the rim were awesome!
During our stay we only spotted 2 other hikers, and were quite entertained watching them attempt to climb to the top of the peak one afternoon!
Most of the trails along the rim are nicely manicured. During my hikes exploring the area, anytime I came across a place where the stones had become displaced I made sure to replace them. Always feels good helping out with trail maintenance!
These pics really don't do justice to the beautiful rainbow of colors in the sandstone, siltstone, and mudstone layers which were deposited over 75 million years ago.
Its hard to believe that approximately 75 million years ago, the San Juan Basin Badlands, was once a lush network of rivers, deltas and wetlands. Paleontologists have found a wealth of plant, reptile, and mammal fossils, including Sauropods, Seismosaurs, Pentaceratops, Alligators, and even duck-billed Hadrosaurs.
One of the more important finds are the fossils of a small paromomyid, which may be an ancient ancestor of primates. This small arboreal, squirrel like creature flourished during the Paleocene Epoch after the K-T extinction event which caused the demise of several species of Dinosaurs.
Have no idea if this rock formation has a name, but it reminded me of a big ocean liner, so I gave it the nickname "Titanic".
During one of our hikes, we spotted this hoodoo which reminded me of an Angel, head bowed in solemn prayer. Don thought it looked more like Jesus, with the crown of thorns upon his head.
Had an awesome time watching the jackrabbits chase one another on the trails just below camp. We normally spotted them in the early mornings or in the late afternoons playing along the rim.
The following pics are of Castle Rock from the overlook. More to follow in the near future!