Monthly Archive: January, 2016

Hole-in-the-Rock Road, Part 2: Spooky and Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyons

Our adventures in Spooky and Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyons – coincidentally timed on Halloween – were ridiculously fun. I had expected really tight narrows (10-11 inches wide in Spooky) and some climbing (though not… Continue reading

Hole-in-the-Rock Road, Part 1: Devil’s Garden and Cedar Wash Arch

I had been dreaming of seeing some of the canyons and magical formations out on Hole-in-the-Rock Road for over two years and was so excited to finally make it out there. I had… Continue reading

Escalante Petrtified Forest State Park

Escalante Petrified Forest State Park protects one of the largest troves of high-quality petrified wood in the world. The jeweled fragments that are seen today were formed when massive flooding and mudflows swept… Continue reading

Anasazi State Park and Escalante River Canyon Petroglyphs and Pictographs

Anasazi State Park safeguards the ruins of the so-called Coombs site, a 96-room pueblo settled in the early 12th century by migrating Ancestral Puebloans and occupied by as many as 200 people before… Continue reading

Burr Trail, Part 2: Adventures Near Camp

During the five days we explored the Burr Trail we camped in the midst of gorgeous sandstone plateau that was punctuated by buttes and petrified dunes. We had already concluded it was a… Continue reading

The Burr Trail, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

We spent five days camped out along the Burr Trail, a scenic drive that connects Route 12 at Boulder with the back way into Capitol Reef National Park. Though we intended to explore… Continue reading

Poison Ivy in Utah? Upper Calf Creek and Lower Calf Creek Falls Trails

Upper and Lower Calf Creek Falls are pretty impressive waterfalls by any definition but are exceptional for central Utah, making them a popular place to visit in Grand Staircase-Escalante. The lower falls in… Continue reading

Red Canyon: Golden Wall and Castle Bridge Trails

The Red Canyon, in the Powell Ranger District of Dixie National Forest, was the first stop on our two week trip to the northern section of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Located just west… Continue reading

Visitors from St. Louis! Revisiting Yant Flat and Ashdown Gorge with Nancy and Tim

We were so excited when we heard Tom’s niece Nancy and her husband Tim were coming to Utah. They had graciously hosted us twice at their house in St. Louis, showing us (mostly… Continue reading

Zion National Park, Part 6: Taylor Creek Trail

The Taylor Creek Trail in the Kolob Canyon section of Zion is an easy little 5 mile out and back the follows the creek up the canyon to double arch alcove. When Tom… Continue reading