Ranger Kathryn's Arches

June 20, 2010

Going a-jeeping

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 8:41 am

As part of our orientation for the park job, our boss is taking us on the White Rim. This is a layer of erosion-resistant rock 1000 feet below the mesa top, but still 1000 feet above the Colorado River. We’ll be gone 3 days in a Jeep Cherokee with five (5) people in a hot, buggy, bumpy adventure. I think the whole idea is that we will be able to tell visitors with 4WD vehicles what they’re in for when they ask questions of us at the desk. Should be a wonderful adventure, unlike any I’ve done before; I’ll check in with you Wednesday, hopefully with lots of stunning photos.


  1. I am guessing that you wil lbe going down the cow path that looks like sheer suicide from thr\e top?

    Comment by john — June 21, 2010 @ 7:45 am | Reply

  2. Sorry they arn’t letting you peddle merrily along behind the jeep on a bicycle down the exhilarating switchbacks of the Shafer Trail.

    Comment by Ed Oak — June 21, 2010 @ 11:25 pm | Reply

  3. We went UP the Shafer Trail, the suicidal cow path. After 108 miles of bumpy teeth-jarring neck-bobbling travels, I must say that I have a new appreciation for that entire section of our park. Stay tuned for the next installments.

    Ed, only seven (7) bicyclers — that is one boy scout troop — passed us. It is way too hot. But I do secretly want to try it some day.

    Comment by kath56ryn — June 22, 2010 @ 6:39 pm | Reply

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