Entrance to Boulevard or Balcony cave (oops, which is which?)
Me inside of Boulevard cave
Bear Paw Cave
Mouth of Bearpaw Cave
Me outside bearpaw cave
Think you can squeeze through the exit?
Merrill Ice cave is losing its ice, but there is still some remaining on the left side of the photo
Some of the caves have pictographs
Big Painted Cave
Pan from the trail
Big Painted Cave has a small crawl hole in the back that leads to an ice floor.
On Sunday morning it was raining and the wildflowers opened up
Butte and Collapse Trench
Thomas Wright Battlefield
Devils Homestead Lava flows
Gillem Bluff Storm pan
Pan of field along the top of the bluff
The trail ends abruptly for no apparent reason.
I felt brave and stepped beyond the end
After the bluff we crossed the park to Petroglyph Point.
We did the quick walk to the top
That afternoon we went down the Lyons trail to find some backcountry caves
This one was labelled the Onramp cave.
Supposedly first explored in 1994 - I doubt it, the park road used to go within a few 100 feet of it.
Skylights from inside the Onramp cave
Baby crows and nest
Momma was screeching at us when we were in the cave below the nest
It was a long walk along break-down to this cave
Another backcountry cave - Frozen River Ice Cave
Back at the trailhead we visited Skull Cave, a developed ice cave. It's also huge - 80 feet high in places!
Looking back out skull cave.
Ice floor of skull cave
Me climbing up the nice easy and convenient stairs of Skull Cave
One more backcountry cave
Post Office Cave, about a half mile walk from the campground
David working his way down to the entrance
Entrance of Post Office cave - can you pick out David?
Looking back out Post Office Cave
The tube narrows
Post office bridge
Can't go any further - part of this cave is closed. :(