Hiking in Right Hand Canyon and the Zion Canyon Music Festival

As the crow flies, Right Hand Canyon is no more than a few miles from the house but I had never hiked there. There are no existing trails where we were but there are plenty of gated and overgrown roads that wind up the canyon wall. We began on one of these roads, passing a small pond and a random old army truck parked in a meadow before we began ascending the switchbacking path. As we gained elevation we were able to get better views of the aspens across the canyon to the south but after about a half hour we decided to turn north towards Cedar Canyon, which we were now able to catch glimpses of. As we proceeded, Brian Head and many of the higher peaks to the east came into view and we were able to see the snow that had blanketed the mountaintops above 9,000 feet.

Eager to try and see more I had the brilliant idea of scrambling up a knoll that I thought would provide an unobstructed view up the canyon to the snowy mountains, but while the climb wasn’t bad, the dense scrub oak and mountain mahogany that we had to crawl through resulted in two pair of scratched up legs – and unfortunately, not too much in the way of views. We descended after reaching the high point and returned to the old road where we continued making our way up. Now heading south, we were able to see up close the peachy-red maples and burnt oak leaves though the clouds darkened most of these photos. After about another mile we turned around at a small flat since we had an important date at the Zion Canyon Music Festival.

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We had gone to the small, local music and arts festival last year and were planning on returning, but it was meeting Charlie from Fiyah Rootz the previous week that got us really excited. We actually got there just about when the gates opened at 4 in order to catch Full Tilt Boogie, a bluesy-rock quartet we loved listening to last time and then it was on to the chill reggae vibes of Fiyah Rootz.

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