Category Archive: Utah

Exploring Red Cliffs Desert Preserve and Snow Canyon State Park

For our first hike after returning to Utah, we rode with Terry down to the Red Cliffs. En route to the hike we decided to start from an unnamed trailhead the two of… Continue reading

The Twisted Forms and Many Colors of the Red Cliffs. Or, Maybe You Want To Skip This Post if You Don’t Want to Look at Rocks.

After returning from Grand Staircase-Escalante, we ventured back to the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area for a hike. Upon our arrival I decided we should head southwest from the Cottonwood Canyon Trailhead towards… Continue reading

Grosvenor Arch, More Explorations of Grand Staircase, and a ‘Lil Bit of Kodachrome Basin State Park

After our early departure from Hole-in-the-Rock Road we made a few more short stops staying overnight at Kodachrome Basin State Park, which was within 10 miles of the immense Grosvenor Arch, a double… Continue reading

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