I have always had a fascination with rock formations. Prevalent in many western areas of the U.S., they are fun to hike through, or in some cases climb, and can be interesting subjects to photograph. This page shows 4 photos from two different states. The "City Of Rocks" is located in Southern Idaho, near Burley. It is a "National Reserve". There were rock climbers all over the place "everywhere", and if you did not see them, you could occasionally here them off in the distance. The top left page display photo and Photo # 2 were taken while hiking the "Creekside Towers Trail". Photo # 3 - also in the "City Of Rocks", was taken on the "Southfork Circle Trail". This National Reserve sometimes resembled Zion or Yosemite National Park. Sitting quietly, I could see and hear many birds which gave me a feeling of tranquility. Trails here are easy at first but tend to get more strenuous a short time later. The parks campsite is very sunny and hot with little shade in it anywhere or anytime of day. Photo Photo #4 was shot in "Colorado National Monument", just off the main scenic drive, near Grand Junction, Colorado. It's, of course, not meant for rock climbing, only hiking. There are tall, narrow, rock formations throughout Colorado National Monument. These rock formations reminded me of both Goblin Valley, Utah (See insert E - "thegoblins.html" - in hiking section), and Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.