Author: Trina Ortega

Trina Ortega is a special contributor to whose passions include mountain biking, climbing, XC skiing and telemark skiing. Carbondale, Colorado serves as homebase where Trina also writes for the Valley Journal and Mountain Flyer and was most recently published in Climbing Magazine.

I’m cruising through the sunshine down Highway 211 in Indian Creek. The sheer red cliffs tower like castles protecting the desert valley. This is not the first time I’ve been in the canyon lands of Utah nor is it the first time I’ve driven down this road, but I stare in wonder at the beautiful colors and clean splitters as though I’m seeing them for the first time. I hang out the window pointing and shouting in awe. “How can it be this beautiful?” The fractures splinter the rock into clean blocks of sandstone. Some blocks have been stripped from…

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