Hiking Adventures :: Carbon Canyon Dam

With the start of the New Year, my mom and I have been putting our words into actions when it comes to walking and hiking more. (Note to self: get new shoes.) One place we keep going back to is Carbon Canyon Park, but we start on the opposite side from the entrance where the dam is located. There’s really great paved trails that go up and over the dam and down into the park.

Ellingsen Photography Carbon Canyon Dam Hike

I should probably explain that the word dam is kind of deceiving – there’s no lake behind it, it’s more of an emergency basin in case of flooding. And right now, with the dry winter we’ve been having (up until this past week), it’s all very brown and dried out.

Ellingsen Photography Carbon Canyon Dam Hike

But I have to say the views are gorgeous, and going late in the afternoon made this photographer very very happy (you just can’t beat the golden light). I had my new Handy Dandy Hand Strap on, which was great because that way camera just stayed attached to my right hand and Dante’s leash was in my left.

Ellingsen Photography Carbon Canyon Dam Hike

We wandered through the park (there’s a lovely lake and quite a few playground / BBQ areas) and then back to the dam through the wilderness-y part of the basin area.

Ellingsen Photography Carbon Canyon Dam Hike
Ellingsen Photography Carbon Canyon Dam Hike

I’m lucky that my mom and Sarah are so patient with me when I want to pause and get silhouette and vista shots. :)

Ellingsen Photography Carbon Canyon Dam Hike

There is always new construction somewhere in the county. Because we don’t have enough people crammed in here.

Ellingsen Photography Carbon Canyon Dam Hike

And besides feeling great, the next best part is how exhausted the dogs all are that night!

Ellingsen Photography Carbon Canyon Dam Hike

(Anja says: ppplllbbbtttt!)

What’s your favorite local place to explore? I’ve got a whole list of dog-friendly places nearby that we’ll be trying out in the coming weeks.

xoxo