The various names that are attached to places are intriguing. Some that are acquired are obvious, since they either reflect some sort of location characteristic or simply commemorate an individual who was important to the place. But, others not quite so. Regardless of how or why, the names all tell a story in a few short words—some less straight-forward than others, but each worthy of knowing. Here’s a few such stories that I’ve heard. Listen, and maybe you will, too………………..
Tarryall Mountains, Corcovado, Yellowstone, Copper Canyon, Mosquito Range, The Silver Trail, Turret Dome, Porcupine Rim, Crestone Needle, Wild Iris, Golden Lake, Rio Grande River, The Monarch Crest, Turkey Rocks, Bison Peak, Lost Creek, Salt Creek, Arch Rock, South Platte, Cirque of the Towers, Satevo, Lonesome Lake, X Rock, The Diamond, Puke Loop, Hell Canyon, Boquillas Canyon, Spotted Bear River, Tres Piedras, Lost Park, Elk Tooth, Second Creek, Bald Mountain, Popo Agie River, Shelf Road, Rampart Reservoir, Feral Petunia, The Meatgrinder, Batopilas, Enchanted Rock, Badger Mountain, Puma Hills, Big Bend, Jacob’s Ladder, The Ruth Gorge, The Portal, Pigne de Arolla, Vedauwoo, Midland Trail, Shelf Road, Mt. Borah, Panorama Point, Huayna Potosi, Kahiltna Glacier, Puke Loop, The South Rim, Pilares, Sajama, Napo River.
The Big Island, Pie de la Cuesta, Osa Peninsula, Aconcagua, Humphreys Peak, Spruce Grove, Bob Marshall Wilderness, The Thorofare, Grand Teton, Maderas del Carmen, The Kessel Run, Palo Duro Canyon, Farnum Peak, The Wind River, Exum Ridge, The Miroir d’Argentine, Cusarare, Eleven Mile Canyon, Rainbow Trail, McCurdy Mountain, Gold Dust Trail, Kenosha Trail, Black Powder Pass, The Thermometer, Conchos, Bullseye, Mt. Elbert, Mt. Alice, Paradise Park, Wally and the Beav, Lincoln Falls, Creel, Twin Eagles, Twin Owls, Polish Glacier, Monteverde, Valley of the Chickens, Boreas Pass, Poison Spider, The Lighthouse, Packer Gulch, South Park, Ypsillon, Indian Peaks, Rocky Hill Ranch, Lizard Head, McCurdy Park, Marmot Peak.
Ice Lakes, The Three Apostles, Mt. Meeker, The Guide Route, Huajochi, Ancohuma, Kananaskis, Second Creek, Big Sandy Divide, Boundary Peak, Cotopaxi, Isla del Sol, The Staircase, No Name, Not My Cross to Bear, Arkansas River, Sand Creek, X Rock, Mt. Whitney, El Rito, Otavalo, Basaseachic Falls, Condoriri, Don Sheldon Mountain House, Behind the Rocks, Book Cliffs, Teboreachic, Valley of the Churches, Gannet Peak, Banos, French Gulch, Palomas, King’s Peak, Cro-Magnon Dome, El Alto, Choro Trail, Yungas, Golfito, The Dream Stream, Hallets Peak, The Crestone Needle, Taylor Glacier, Bradley Peak, La Herradura, Georgia Pass, King’s Canyon, Wheeler Peak, Waipio Valley, Eldo, Fisher Ranch, Garmin Peak, Brown’s Canyon, Happy Meadows, Penitente, Flathead River, Mt. Hunter, Wheeler Lake, Quandary Peak, Sanford Park, The Foothills Trail, The Staircase, Dickinson Park, Dolly Varden Creek, Fremont Canyon, Noragachi, Andrews Glacier.
Mariscal Canyon, Cross Hill, Ute Trail, Deep Creek Lakes, The Mine, La Linda, Guadalupe River, Lunch Rock, B1, Turner Gulch, Lost Creek Wilderness, Guadalupe Peak, Sirena, Popo Agie Falls, Lake Titicaca, Mitchell Peak, La Laja, Weston Peak, Golden Lake, The Y Couloir, Wind River Peak, Sisoguichi, La Bufa, Ute Creek, The Keyhole, Fitzpatrick Wilderness, Brown’s Canyon, Amasa Back, Horse Gulch, Sinks Canyon, Hueco Tanks, Captain America, Eleven Mile Dome, Turkey Perch, Jefferson Creek Trail, Mt. Guyot, Waimanu Valley, Horca del la Inca, Sorata, Oriente, Lamar River, Badger Mountain, Plaza de las Mulas, McHenrys Peak, Lumpy Ridge, Lost Mine Peak, Buffalo Peaks, Cordillera Real, Norogachi, Tena, Topaz Mountain, Pine Canyon, Dome Rock, Coroico, Mt. Silverheels, Cerro Potosi’, Ellingwood Arete, Pinto Park Lake, Stough Creek, Urique, Slick Rock, Wind River Range, Horseshoe Mountain, The Estrella.