Category Archive: Utah

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… Continue reading

Hancock Peak Trail and Some Exploring Near Brian Head Peak

Abby and I set off to do the Hancock Peak Trail one afternoon when Tom was busy; he and Terry had hiked it a number of years ago and described as a bunch… Continue reading

Afternoon Hike on Right Fork Bunker Creek Trail and Some Leaf Peeping

We decided to do the Right Fork Bunker Creek Trail because we were in the market for a shortish afternoon hike and some leaf peeping along the way: the trailhead is above 10,400… Continue reading

High Mountain Trail and Oktoberfest at Brian Head

High Mountain Trail has been on my list since last fall but the trailhead was inaccessible before summer without a 4 wheel drive due to snow melt so we had to wait. Now… Continue reading

An Opportunity to Finish the Sidney Peaks Trail and A Most Interesting and Surprising Encounter

Abby and I had hiked half the Sidney Peaks Trail last September but were turned back by a flock of sheep grazing. Abbs is a herding dog so a flock of sheep is… Continue reading

Back in the Mountains of Utah in Time for Fall

We concluded our summer trip with our visit with Tom’s daughter and granddaughter in southern California, arriving back home in Utah the second week in September – just in time for fall. Though… Continue reading

Tom’s Nephew and Family Come to Visit

Fortunately for us, Tom’s nephew’s family vacation was scheduled to pass through our part of southwest Utah, and so after they spent a few days at Zion they headed north to stay with… Continue reading

Lower Blowhard Trail to Crystal Springs and Potato Hollow

The lower section of the Blowhard Trail is the one major trail I’ve been meaning to hike for the past year. Beginning in the gorge and following the border of the Ashdown Wilderness,… Continue reading

Discovery of a Basalt Gorge along Mammoth Creek

Returning to Utah the first week in June from our trip in New Mexico I thought the high country would be snow free. I was not correct. And so my plan of hiking… Continue reading

Hovenweep National Monument

Hovenweep National Monument showcases some of the finest masonry of any Ancestral Puebloan sites, in particular the Square Tower Group, Hovenweep Castle, and other dwellings and structures of Little Ruin Canyon. These structures… Continue reading