Category Archive: Utah

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

Ancestral Puebloan Ruins of Mule Canyon and Butler Wash

The areas in and around Mule Canyon house a treasure trove of Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings, pit houses, and granaries. The most famous of these, House on Fire, is a often-photographed single room… Continue reading

Natural Bridges National Monument

I was only back in Utah for about a week before we left on a 3 week trip to northern New Mexico via southeast Utah. Our objective was a build with the Santa… Continue reading

Losee Canyon

Losee Canyon was a place none of the 3 of us had hiked before even though it’s only an hour and half from the house and fairly well known; it took an enthusiastic… Continue reading