Red Hills and Lavender Hills of the Gros Ventres

A trail leads into the Red Hills of the Gros Ventre Mountains, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming (Mike Cavaroc)
A trail leads into the Red Hills of the Gros Ventre Mountains, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming


Distance (one way): 2.1 miles
Difficulty: Strenuous
Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall

Tucked away east of Jackson Hole is local treasure very few take the time to see. The Red Hills of the Gros Ventre Mountains are an exposed sandstone deposit that are leftover from when the region was under a shallow sea, roughly 50 million years ago. The road to the hills is engineered in such a way that immediately after coming around a small bend in the road, a dramatic view of the hills overwhelms you with a sense of natural beauty and wonder. A pullout is conveniently located at that exact location so that you can fully appreciate the view.

While the view from the road is amazing, the hike up through the hills is even more rewarding.
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Wyoming Range: Little Grey’s River to Pickle Pass

Storms over the forests of the Wyoming Range, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming (Mike Cavaroc)
Storms over the forests of the Wyoming Range, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming

Distance (one way): 4 miles
Difficulty: Strenuous
Best time of year: Summer

A water purifier is not something you want to forget on a three-day backpacking trip. A wiser person, upon realizing an essential item was forgotten while still at the car, would have packed everything back up, gone home to retrieve the purifier, then done another trip closer to home, especially if this person hasn’t been able to go hiking much lately. I, however, have stubbornness issues.

Despite being completely unfamiliar with the terrain, particularly with reliable sources of water, I still headed into the Wyoming Mountains with two liters of water to see where that could bring me.

My initial plan was to spend three days backpacking the Little Grey’s River Loop, a hike I had read about that promised solitude, rugged mountain wildness, and wildlife.
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Should Wyoming’s Bighorn Basin Be a National Park?

Boulders overlook the badlands of the McCullough Peaks as the sun rises over the Bighorn Basin of Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
Boulders overlook the badlands of the McCullough Peaks as the sun rises over the Bighorn Basin of Wyoming.

Driving along Highway 14/16 between Cody, Wyoming and the Bighorn Mountains for most people can be an excruciating experience. Mile after mile yields very little difference in landscape interest as the full stretch offers only a bland, sparsely populated high desert environment with only a small badlands hill sporadically placed across vast distances. As a result, many people would wonder why I would even bring up protecting an area so void of interest. Hidden beyond the main highway, however, is a completely different landscape obscured by its deceptively barren foreground.

Why The McCullough Peaks Herd Management Area?

A paint mustang stands in the high desert of the Bighorn Basin in Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
Paint Mustang

The drive along the highway brings you parallel to the McCullough Peaks Herd Management Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). As mentioned, from the highway, it looks like nothing more than a wasteland waiting to be rescued from the oil and gas industry.
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Best of Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris – June 22-29, 2012

Below are my preferred shots from the past week of guiding with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris. The heat is beginning to take its toll on some of the wildlife, but that hasn’t prevented us from still getting to see plenty of animals. Get in touch with them if you’d like me to guide you out there!

A small herd of bison rest beneath Blacktail Butte and the Teton Mountains in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A small herd of bison rest beneath Blacktail Butte and the Teton Mountains in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
June 25, 2012 – Teton Day Safari
A coyote stands in sagebrush and vegetation in the Hayden Valley of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A coyote stands in sagebrush and vegetation in the Hayden Valley of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
June 26, 2012 – Yellowstone Safari
A male bison rests in sagebrush in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A male bison rests in sagebrush in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
June 25, 2012 – Teton Day Safari
A mule deer poses next to lupine wildflowers in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A mule deer poses next to lupine wildflowers in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
June 25, 2012 – Teton Day Safari
A line of bison migrate in front of the Teton Mountains in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A line of bison migrate in front of the Teton Mountains in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
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Art Association of Jackson Hole’s First Annual Photography Competition Series

Last night concluded the Art Association of Jackson Hole’s first annual photography competition series. It was a four-part, juried competition with a different theme each week. Though I never placed first, I did receive 3rd place in the first week and 2nd place in the second week. I was very surprised and honored, however, when I was awarded Best in Show last night at the final opening. The reasoning I was told was because in addition to getting an entry into each competition, I still maintained my personal style and consistency of work despite the wide range of categories.

Below are my entries, along with each theme.

Energy and Adrenaline – 3rd Place
A dramatic sunset casts a pink glow over the North Fork of Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A dramatic sunset casts a pink glow over the North Fork of Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park.

For Energy and Adrenaline, I knew a thunderstorm would best convey that premise through my work.
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Jackson Hole Spring Time-Lapse Video


A time-lapse video compilation featuring scenes from Jackson Hole and Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

I finally put together a new time-lapse video of some footage I had been collecting from earlier this summer and spring. Most of it is taken in and around Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Grand Teton National Park, with a couple of scenes from Yellowstone National Park mixed in there. The final two scenes were of the Perseid Meteor Shower from this year and the northern lights from August 5th the previous week, respectively.

For this video, I upgraded to Sony Vegas Move Studio HD Platinum 11, which I have been very pleased with thus far. It seems as though all my complaints from version 10 were addressed and fixed.
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