A Utah Hike
My daughter and I had planned to do a good bit of hiking in Utah, but we had not taken into account that the area sits at a higher altitude than we are used to, so we mostly satisfied ourselves with easy strolls at the lower levels and avoided the more steep and challenging trails.
However, when we came across a trail called Negro Bill Canyon, we couldn’t resist exploring. The patterns on the rocks are made by what is known as desert varnish. (Wikipedia has a more technical explanation.)
Since the trail follows a perennial stream, there is lots of vegetation, which made for some welcome shade on our hike. This was definitely a spot we would like to revisit someday.