Hoff's Aliner Travels
A Travel Blog for US and Canadian Parks with Geological Notes

Places to see west of the Mississippi

(Column 1 through Column 6 indicate columns of states from east to west)

Alaska (Column 6)
SE – Wrangell – St. Alias NP
SE – Glacier Bay National Park
S – Katmai NP
S – Kenai Fjords National Park (Harding Icefield Trail)
SW – Lake Clark National Park
SW – Aniakchak Nat Mon and Reserve
S Central – Denali National Park
S Central – Chugach State Park
N – Gates of the Arctic National Park
N – Kobuk Valley NP
NW – Cape Krusenstern Nat Mon

Arizona (Column 3)
Northeast – Canyon de Chelly Nat Mon, Four Corners Monument, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
South East – Chiricahua Nat Mon
North Central – Grand Canyon NP, Rainbow Bridge Nat Mon, Antelope Canyon
Central (Flagstaff area) – Barringer meteor crater near Winslow, Sunset Crater Volcano Nat Mon, Walnut Canyon Nat Mon, Lost Dutchman State Park, Slide Rock State Park, Red Rock State Park
Central East – Little Colorado River Tribal Park, Petrified Forest NP
South Central – Casa Grande Ruins Nat Mon, Onyx Cave

California (Column 4)
E Central – Devil’s Postpile Nat Mon (S of Yosemite), Yosemite NP, Kings Canyon NP, Death Valley NP, Manzanar National Historic Site, Sequoia NP, Wallace Creek near Mckittrick, CA (San Andreas fault), Long Valley Caldera
N – Lassen Volcanic NP, Lava Beds Nat Mon, Feather Falls
NE – Lake Tahoe
NW – Humboldt Redwoods SP, Redwood National and State Park
S – Joshua Tree NP, Anzo-Borrego Desert State Park
W Central – Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Pinnacles NP
W – Channel Islands National Park (not accessible by road)
SW – Crystal Cove State Park

Colorado (Column 2)
S Central – Great Sand Dunes NP & Preserve, Indian Springs Trace Fossil Natural Area on the Gold Belt Byway, Florrisant Fossil Beds
N Central – Rocky Mountain NP, Boulder Flatirons, Eldorado Canyon State Park, State Forest State Park
Central W- Maroon Bells
Central – Hanging Lake, Dinosaur Ridge near Morrison, Eldorado State Park
W – Colorado National Monument, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Box Canyon Falls
SW – Mesa Verde Nat Mon (allow a minimum of half a day), Canyon of the Ancients National Monument

Hawaii – Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Maui – Haleakala National Park, Iao Valley State Park
Molokaii – Kalaupapa National Historic Park, where lepers were banished to in 1866
Kauai – Napali Coast State Park

Idaho (Column 3)
E Central – Craters of the Moon Nat Mon and Reserve,
S Central – City of Rocks National Reserve (near state line), Hagerman Fossil Beds Nat Mon, Minidoka Internment National Historic Site, Balanced Rock, Shoshone Falls (Twin Falls), Malad Gorge State Park, Great Rift (43° 27’ 46” W, 113° 33’ 38” W)
Central – Borah Peak (fault line 1983 44° 9’ 50” N, 113° 52’ 4” W)
N – Hobo Cedar Grove Botanical Area
N – Coeur d’Alene, Heyburn SP (old trees)
W Central – Hells Gate State Park, Hell’s Canyon Nat Rec Area (Idaho-Oregon Border), Nez Perce NHP,
SW – Bruneau Dunes SP

Kansas (Column 1)
SE – Flint Hills
Central – Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Kanopolis State Park, Wilson State Park
W Central – Monument Rocks
S Central – Rock City

Montana (Column 2)
E Central – Makoshika SP (Hoodoos and Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum)
SE – Bighorn Canyon Nat Rec Area, Little Bighorn Battlefield Nat Mon
W Central – Glacial Lake Missoula, Bison National Range, Lost Creek SP
S Central – Paradise Valley, Pictograph State Park, Madison Slide (44° 49’ 50” N, 111° 25’ 32” W)
Central – Gates of the Mountains (Helena)
Central – Missouri Headwaters SP, Madison Buffalo Jump SP, Natural Bridge Falls Picnic Area
NW – Glacier NP, Kootenai Falls (30 feet but has a swinging bridge), Triple Divide Peak, Chief Mountain
SW – World Museum of Mining (Butte), Lewis and Clark Caverns SP, Ringing Rocks of Montana

Nebraska (Column 1)
NE – Ashfall Fossil Beds Historical State Park
NW – Toadstool Geological Park
N Central – Smith Falls State Park
W – Scott’s Bluff Nat Mon, Agate Fossil Beds Nat Mon, Chimney Rock National Historical Site, Courthouse and Jail rocks
S Central – Pioneer Village in Minden, Nebraska

Nevada (Column 4)
E Central – Great Basin NP (Lehman Caves and Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive)
Central – Berlin Ghost Town -Ichthyosaur SP
Central East – Cave Lake SP
SE – Valley of Fire SP, Cathedral Gorge SP, Gold Butte National Monument
SE but north of Las Vegas – Beaver Dam SP, Echo Canyon SP, Spring Valley SP, Kershaw-Ryan SP
S – Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area, Hoover Dam
NE – Ruby Mountains, Wild Horse State Recreation Area, South Forks State Recreation Area, Lamoille Canyon
Central West – Washoe Lake SP, Bowers Mansion, Cave Rock on Lake Tahoe
NW – Black Rock Desert

New Mexico (Column 2)
Southeast – Carlsbad Caverns NP (world heritage site), White Sands NP
NE – Capulan volcano Nat Mon
Central East (Albuquerque area) – El Malplais (volcanic area), El Morro Nat Mon (*)(inscription rock), Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks Nat Mon, La Ventana Natural Arch, Petroglyph Nat Mon
South Central (Las Cruces area) – Kilbourne Hole, Prehistoric Trackways Nat Mon
Central – (Alburquerque – American International Rattlesnake Museum, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, Albuquerque Museum,
North Central (Santa Fe area) – Bandelier Nat Mon, Ghost Ranch, Jemez Mountains Scenic Route (San Ysidro north to White Rock), Rio Grande Gorge, Valles Caldera, Taos Pueblo (World heritage site)
Central (Alamogordo – Roswell area) – Snowy River Cave, Trinity Site
Southwest – City of Rocks SP, Gila Cliff Dwellings Nat Mon
Northwest (San Juan Basin) – Angel Peak scenic area, Aztec Ruins Nat Mon , Bisti/De-Na-Zin wilderness, Chaco Culture National Historic Park, (last 4 ½ miles very rough dirt road), Four Corners, Lybrook Badlands, Ship Rock

North Dakota (Column 1)
SW – Theodore Roosevelt NP (Badlands and Painted Canyon),
NW – Lewis and Clark SP

Oklahoma (Column 1)
SE – McCurtain County Wilderness Area,
W- Black Mesa SP,
N Central – Great Salt Plains SP
S Central – Chickasaw Nat Rec Area
E Central – Robbers Cave State Park

Oregon (Column 4)
SW – Crater Lake NP, Oregon Caves Nat Mon, Crown Point,
Central W – John Day Fossil Beds Nat Mon, Smith Rock SP, Fort Rock, Newberry National Volcano Monument, Lava River Cave in Newbury Nat. Vol. Mon., Cove Palisades SP, Painted Hills, McKenzie Pass – Santiam Pass Scenic byway (2 hr 82 mile loop but could take a day)
W Central (Eugene) – Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
NW – Latourell Falls, Silver Falls SP, Mount Hood, Multnomah Falls, Ecola SP, Oswald West State Park
N Central – Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area

South Dakota (Column 1)
SE – Sioux Falls
W Central – Bear Butte, Spearfish Canyon and Scenic Hwy 14A, Journey Museum and Learning Center (Rapid City), Days of 76 museum (Deadwood – plus western tourist attractions),
SW – Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Badlands NP, Jewel Cave Nat Mon, Mount Rushmore Nat Mon (17 miles away in Black Hills is Crazy Horse Monument), Wind Cave NP, Black Hills (Cathedral Spires), Custer SP (Needles rock formations), Custer SP and Needles Scenic Hwy, Pinnacles Overlook, and Limber Pine), Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
NW – Traverse Gap (Ancient River Warren Channel), Two Top and Big Top Mesa

Texas (Column 1)
Center E – Dinosaur Valley SP
S Central – Natural Bridge Caverns, Cave without a Name
W – Guadelupe Mountains NP, Odessa Meteor Crater
Central – Longhorn Cavern SP, Pednernales Falls State Park
N – Palo Duro Canyon SP (South of Amarillo)
SW – Big Bend NP, Caverns of Sonora, Capitan Reef, Big Bend Ranch State Park

Utah (Column 3)
SE – Hovenweep National Monument, San Juan River near Mexican Hat and Bluff, Valley of the Gods near Mexican Hat, Gooseneck SP, Natural Bridges Nat Mon, Hovenweep Nat Mon, Canyonlands Nat Pk, Dead Horse Point SP, Muley Point Overlook (Mexican Hat 37°13′59″ N 109°59′36″ W.), Forrest Gump Point (N 37° 6′ 5.4″, W 109° 59′ 26.9″), Sand Island Petroglyph Panel near Bluff
NE – Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area (near Wyoming border)
S Central – Capitol Reef NP, Glen Canyon Nat Rec Area, Hwy 12 between Escalante and Torrey, Goblin Valley SP (not too far from Capitol Reef), Calf Creek Falls in Grand Staircase, Rainbow Bridge National Monument (37° 5′ 7.354″ N 110° 58′ 16.633″ W)
Central – Timpanogos Cave Nat Mon, Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry
SW – Bryce Canyon NP, Cedar Breaks Nat Mon, Zion NP, Coral Pink Sand Dunes SP, Sand Hollow SP, Snow Canyon State Park

Washington (Column 4)
NW – Olympic NP, North Cascades NP, Mount Ranier NP, San Juan Islands NHP, Ebeys Landing National Preserve, Comet Falls (320 ft) in Mount Ranier NP (nice day hike), S Central – Drumheller Channels National Natural Landmark (also see Dry Falls), Whitman Mission NHS (check on scabland tours by Gary Kleinknecht or Bruce Bjornstad out of Richland)
Central East – Snoqualimie Falls (268 feet) not too far from Seattle
Central – McNeil Canyon, Haystack Rocks and Sims Corner Eskers and Kames, Gingko Petrified Forest, Grand Coulee SP, Withrow Moraine and Jameson Lake Drumlin Field, Boulder Park National Natural Landmark, Dry Falls SP
SW – Fort Vancouver NHS.

West – Cape Disappointment State Park
Boulder Park National Natural Landmark along with the nearby Natural Landmarks McNeil Canyon Haystack Rocks and Sims Corner Eskers and Kames comprise several of the best examples of Pleistocene ice stagnation landforms in Washington.

Wyoming (Column 2)
NE – Devil’s Tower Nat Mon, Vore Buffalo Jump
E Central – Spanish Diggings, W Central – Grand Teton NP, Intermittent Spring (near Afton, WY south of Grand Teton), Two Ocean Pass (long way from the road), Parting of the Waters in the Teton Wilderness Area of Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest on the Continental Divide at 44°02.576′N 110°10.497′W (long way from the road)
SE – Vedauwoo Recreation Area near Laramie
N Central – Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite near Greybull
NW – Yellowstone NP, Beartooth Pass
Central – Wind River Canyon Scenic Byway, Square Top Mountain in the Wind River range, Thermopolis Hot Springs (Hot Springs State Park), Castle Gardens near Riverton, Hell’s Half Acre 40 miles West of Casper, Bridger Wilderness on west slope of Wind River Mountains
Central E – Ayres Natural Bridge Park
Central W – Sinks Canyon SP
Central N – Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site near Hyatville, Tensleep Canyon near Ten Sleep
SW – Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area (near Wyoming border), Church Buttes near Granger, Fossil Butte National Monument near Kemmerer, Heart Mountain (unusual geology and Japanese internment camp), Killpecker Sand Dunes, Boars Tusk

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