BOBBY MAGILL

Journalist • Photographer

Bobby Magill is a senior science writer for Climate Central in New York and a journalist who has covered fracking and the environment in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001. 

Getting a redrock fix in eastern Colorado

I'll be headed to Utah soon to get a long-overdue dose of sandstone canyon country. But if it's just redrock sandstone I'm looking for, I don't have to travel far. The hogbacks — the leading edge of the Rocky Mountains, where the plains rear suddenly upward in their march to the foothills — just outside Fort Collins are full of red sandstone.

Redrock cliffs line the eastern shore of the Poudre River at Watson Lake State Wildlife Area in Bellvue, a few miles northwest of Fort Collins. Today was a great Photo Expedition Friday because it snowed last night, and the overcast skies created the perfect light.

And then I drove up to Horsetooth Reservoir and was very quickly reminded why Larimer County parks tend to stick in my craw: