Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Hiking Roman Nose State Park

Roman Nose State Park has a variety of trails for hiking, biking, and horse back riding. During our time at the park we only experienced the trails by hiking them and really enjoyed it.

About the Trails
The trails at Roman Nose State Park were a pleasant surprise. We were amazed by the different types of plants and terrain we went through on our adventure. One moment we would be hiking through cactus, with very little vegetation, then a moment later we were surrounded by green, with trees and foliage all around. We often felt like we switched state parks completely throughout our hike. The trails were very well maintained and were not difficult.

Hiking around Lake Watonga

Trials at the Springs
The trails at the natural springs offered many breathtaking views. This part the of park truly felt completely separate from the rest of the park. It was like we got to see two state parks for one! To read more about the natural springs click here.

Creek from one of the natural springs

The medium spring at Roman Nose State Park

Trails Around the Lake
As stated before, the trails around Lake Boecher and Lake Watonga felt like a completely different park. Although we had a map, we still accidentally took a turn too early and ended up doing more than originally planned but it worked out really well. By doing so, we hiked longer and made it to the top of the canyon. Whereas if we would have gone the shorter route, we would have missed out on some stellar views from Inspiration Point.

Lake Watonga

Hike up the canyon

View from Inspiration Point

Another view from Inspiration Point

Hiking along Lake Watonga

Where Lake Boecher filters into Lake Watonga, which makes Lake Watonga clearer

Watch Out! 
While hiking around the lakes Grant and I ran into a few things to watch out for!

Watch out for rattlesnakes! 
I had never seen a rattlesnake in the wild until this trip at Roman Nose and we saw two! Neither were aggressive or caused us any harm. The first rattlesnake pictured actually rattled so that Grant would not step on it! We kept our distance after that and made sure to keep our eyes out for others. We ended up spotting one more while hiking on top of the canyon.

The rattlesnake Grant almost stepped on!

Another rattlesnake we saw sunning itself

Watch out for cactus! 
After talking about rattlesnakes, I'm sure cactus seem like nothing but be warned getting pricked by one of these would be no fun!

Cactus along the trail

Overall, we really enjoyed our hiking adventure at Roman Nose State Park! Although the rattlesnakes were a bit scary, I would go back to Roman Nose to explore in a heartbeat.

Have you been hiking at Roman Nose State Park? Tell us about it in the comments below!

1 comment:

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