Monthly Archive: April, 2015

Virgin River Falls Park, Utah

After walking around the west rim of the Virgin River Tom and Terry had one more brief stop in mind on the way to our canyon hike. Located just off the road that… Continue reading

The Earth Is Breaking: The Rim of Virgin River Canyon

On the way to a hike in the Virgin River Canyon, we stopped on the opposite side of the rim from the trail head to see the interesting phenomena of the cracked mesa… Continue reading

Zion National Park, Part 2: Camp Creek

On the way back from Silver Reef, we made a short stop at Camp Creek, just inside the northwest corner of Zion National Park. This is a wilderness area and there are no… Continue reading

Hike Around the Silver Reef Mines and the Charcoal Kiln, Dixie National Forest

Silver Reef is an abandoned mining area near Leeds, Utah famous for the silver rush in the 1870s after the surprising discovery of the precious metal embedded in the sandstone. In it’s heyday… Continue reading

Zion National Park, Part 1: Kolob Canyon and Timber Creek Overlook Trail

A few days after my arrival in Utah Tom brought me down to Kolob Canyon, a lesser-known section of Zion National Park located northwest of Zion Canyon. Kolob Canyon features 2,000 foot sheer… Continue reading

Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, Part 1: Cottonwood Canyon and Speckled Wash

My first hike upon returning to Utah was an incredibly beautiful one despite the clouds. Okay, it was not just beautiful, but totally amazing. This was my first time at the Red Cliffs,… Continue reading

Cedar Pocket, Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area, Arizona, Part 2: Climb Every Mountain, Ford Every Stream

As I said in my last post, there are no trails in the Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area, but access is unrestricted so the following morning, exploring I went. I started by crossing… Continue reading

Cedar Pocket, Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area, Arizona, Part 1: Wading Through the Virgin River

The Cedar Pocket section of the Virgin River Canyon contains a small day-use area and campground situated on the rim of the canyon overlooking the river. There are no trails in the canyon… Continue reading

V – Bar – V Petroglyph Site, Coconino National Forest, Arizona

The V – Bar – V Heritage Site contains a series of panels incised with more than a thousand petroglyphs that were carved between approximately 1150 and 1400 AD by the Southern Sinaguans.… Continue reading

Tuzigoot National Monument, Arizona

Tuzigoot National Monument is a pueblo constructed by the Sinagua people, who also occupied the nearby cliff dwellings at Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well. Unlike those settlements however, the pueblo at Tuzigoot is… Continue reading