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    Carley Nelson saved Chasm View Nature Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Carley Nelson reviewed Dogwood Canyon

    9 months ago

    This park is expensive as hell. $10 to enter, $10 to walk the trails and $4 PER dog. I almost spent as much here than the Grand Canyon. However the place is beautiful. The staff could not have been nicer or more helpful, they were absolutely amazing. The park was extremely clean and well taken care of. There are 4 decent sized waterfalls but unfortunately you can’t get next to the giant one with dogs. The trail was the perfect length to be able to spend 4-5 hours here, stopping to take lots of pictures and water breaks (considering it was 94 degrees). It was very crowded with hundreds of people walking, biking, fishing and taking the truck tours. I went around 10:30 on a Monday morning and had a hard time finding a parking spot. It’s a huge tourist attraction but it deserves it because it really is a little treasure. 10/10 would recommend and would make the 8 hr (round trip) back some day!

    Carley Nelson completed Dogwood Canyon

    9 months ago

    Carley Nelson completed Deer Leap Trail

    10 months ago

    Carley Nelson reviewed Fire Tower Trail

    10 months ago

    It took us over an hour to find the trail head. It’s off the side of the highway basically in the middle of nowhere. To get there you have to walk along the highway which is incredibly hilly/curvy and cars, trucks and trailers are flying by going 40+. We didn’t even walk much of the trail because it was too hot and we didn’t have enough water for 2 people and 4 dogs. As usual in MO, the water is a crystal teal and beautiful but this park was SWAMPED. The wading area was full of screaming kids throwing rocks at one another and the fishing areas were packed. I had no idea this was a giant trout hatchery and so that was a little disappointing. I’m more of a let the dogs off leash and see 0 people on the trails kind of person. The drive for me was 3.5 hours and I would never come back. It was a beautiful park but not for activities I enjoy.

    Carley Nelson completed Fire Tower Trail

    10 months ago

    Carley Nelson reviewed Devil's Icebox Trail

    12 months ago

    Carley Nelson reviewed Indian Cave Trail

    12 months ago

    I think we picked a bad time to go as everything has recently been burned so the scenery was black and uneventful. The Indian Cave trail says “Dogs on Leash” however once hiking through a bunch of bullllshit because the markers and directions are a little confusing you finally get to it and it says “No Pets”. When you put in the trail in AllTrails it takes you to Trailhead 9, I believe. You hiked a bunch of wooded area until you come to the top where there is a campground sight and field. We took trail 11 because that’s where everyone said the cave started at. PLEASE BE CAREFUL, when I read all the stuff that Trail 11 was a “death trap” I scoffed it off. It is a very steep, very small and not well maintained trail down a cliff side. At some points if you were to fall it would be close to deathly. We hiked after a rain so add this trail plus mud with some grip for your feet is was miserable. At one point we were on our asses scooting down. You get to the end of it and the cave is nowhere to be found. Let alone no signs. However it says it starts at trailhead 11. Low and behold you have to walk down the road along the river about a football field and there it is, the big beautiful red staircase which said “No Pets”. All in all, was not worth the 4 hour drive. If it was closer it definitely is worth it. The park is giant and when everything turns green it will be beautiful. Plus, you can’t beat spending 5 hours outdoors and not seeing a single soul. Just you, the dogs and nature.

    Carley Nelson completed Indian Cave Trail

    12 months ago

    Carley Nelson reviewed Osage Hills Red Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Definitely not worth the 4 hour drive but not a total disappointment. Trails are well marked and maintained and take you through wooded hills. Creeks, sandstone bluffs and the lake. Super low key which is always a bonus.

    Carley Nelson completed Osage Hills Red Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Carley Nelson reviewed Crooked Knee Horse Trail: Blue Loop

    about 1 year ago

    Decent little park with some good photo opportunities. I drove over an hour to get here and you pay a $5 entry fee so I didn’t feel it was quite worth it. However it was completely dead and I ran into no one for 3 hours which is nice for me because I like to let my dogs run around and go crazy.

    Carley Nelson completed Southwind Nature Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Carley Nelson reviewed Kite Trail to Bison Trail Loop

    about 1 year ago

    One of my favorite parks and trails! 10/10 would recommend, dog friendly and the wildlife is incredible. Easy trail with insane views and worth the memories.

    Carley Nelson completed Mount Scott Overlook

    about 1 year ago

    Carley Nelson reviewed Rock Garden Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Easy trail with a stellar view. We had to cut the hike short because we didn’t have enough water for 2 adults and 4 dogs and we were pretty bummed about it. The hour and a half we spent on it was totally worth it and I would go back in a heartbeat. Trailhead is easy to find and it’s a steady uphill hike. This park was perfect to camp in and the rangers were so helpful and nice.

    Carley Nelson completed Rock Garden Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Carley Nelson reviewed Interdune Boardwalk

    about 1 year ago

    This place is a MUST GO. The gypsum sand is beautiful and the park is so open, vast and you just get this sense of freedom. We pulled off on a side parking spot and headed out with our dogs and just found our own little spot. The dogs absolutely loved the sand and watching them run around without a care in the world gives ya a good feeling. The sky touches the sand and you can see the mountains in the far background. Absolutely breathtaking. This is by far one of my favorite parks and I’m so glad we took the time to spend a couple hours there.

    Carley Nelson completed Interdune Boardwalk

    about 1 year ago

    Carley Nelson reviewed Soledad Canyon Loop

    about 1 year ago

    10/10 would recommend. The trail offered lots of views from the canyons, the waterfall and the mountains (if you are willing to go off trail and climb some boulders). We were there on an early Sunday morning and basically had the whole place to ourselves. Late afternoon we headed back and the trails started to get more packed and the parking lot was full. The trail is a very loose rock/gravel so make sure you have a good supportive shoe. We saw a couple of mule deer and really enjoyed our time there.

    Carley Nelson completed Soledad Canyon Loop

    about 1 year ago

    Carley Nelson reviewed Little Horse Trail

    about 1 year ago

    We were road-tripping from Kansas and didn’t take into account that we were going to be in Sedona on Martin Luther King Day. *cue anxiety attack* as beautiful as the Red Rock Secret Wilderness is, the crowds were sickening, the drive was backed up, we couldn’t find any of the trailheads, and the trailheads we could find were at “full” capacity and FINALLY parking was a nightmare. After stressfully driving around for over an hour we got a spot at Little Horse trailhead.

    If we had went on a day that wasn’t so crazy and touristy I would have given it 5 stars. If I’m ever in the area I would definitely go back. The trails were so worth it and our dogs loved it. This trail doesn’t take you up close and personal with the rocks but you get some great views and it made for an easy 5 mile hike after the shit show of the crowds. Definitely a must go if you are in the area but probably not on weekends or holidays. Such a cute little tourist town with lotsssss of shops but I usually travel with friends and dogs so we like the more outdoor/middle of nature scene with a light amount of people on the trails.

    Carley Nelson completed Little Horse Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Carley Nelson reviewed Grand Canyon South Rim Scenic Drive: Cameron to Grand Canyon Village

    about 1 year ago

    TOTALLY WORTH IT. Being a dog mom it is so important that my “kids” come with me on every road trip. Most National Parks are not dog friendly which is a huge bummer. However, this trail is 12 frickin’ miles long and it’s views are truly breathtaking. It’s a paved trail which makes it easy to cover lots of ground in a short amount of time. We got up close and personal with at least 8 elk on our 7 mile hike. We were on the trail by 8:30 on a Tuesday and basically spent the whole first half of the hike by ourselves, which was such a peaceful vibe. To get to the trail we had to park in the campground across the street from the Wiki/Kuibab Point Trail. There you will come to a lookout and look for the only paved trail across from the mule stables. We drove 22 hrs from Kansas to see it and I don’t regret the drive at all.