Monthly Archives: April 2012
This spring is an exciting time to visit Goblin Valley State Park! We have decided to introduce the world to one of our park’s hidden treasures. Of the few who are aware of its existence, some call it the Chamber of the Basilisk. To others, it is known as Goblin’s Lair. Whatever the name, hidden deep within the cliffs above the Valley of the Goblins is an expansive cavern with ceilings eighty feet high! Weather permitting, ranger guided hikes to this remote attraction will now depart from the Carmel Canyon Trail Head each Saturday. For those experienced canyoneers interested in rappelling through one of the cavern’s skylights, the required back country permits are available at the visitor center, free of charge.
The month of May marks a fantastic change in the plant life at Dead Horse Point State Park. Despite the dry winter, the plants are returning with brilliant color. This is an excellent month for photographers, artists or anyone interested in desert flowers to visit the park. The variety of colors found right at the trails’ edge is enough to entice anyone to hike a bit further. The deciduous trees and shrubs of the park have awakened from their winter slumber and are bringing lush green tones and lively zest to the red rock landscape. Hikers are sure to be pleased by the sweet fragrance drifting from flowering shrubs.
The blossoming of cacti is an event not to be missed. For a brief time of the year these spiny desert icons turn into splashes of color on the landscape. Be it a prickly pear, claret cup or fishhook, each cactus brings their own significant flower to the mix. The prickly pear, the most common cactus in the park, is known for large flowers of yellow, pink and orange. The claret cup grows in a clustered mound spotted with fiery red flowers that have a golden base. The… Read the rest