Category Archive: Utah

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

The Overly-Decorated Trail to Valentine Peak

Terry and Tom had hiked Valentine Peak in my absence but due to snow, had not reached the top. Starting at just over 6,000 feet, the trail rises to 8,051 feet in 3.5… Continue reading

Ice Cream Sundae Rocks: Pine Park, Dixie National Forest

We had gotten wind of some unique volcanic formations out near the Nevada border and were planning on checking them out but at the last minute Tom couldn’t come so Terry and I… Continue reading

Zion National Park, Part 7: East Rim Trail and Backcountry Exploring off Kolob Terrace Road

The East Rim Trail in Zion was a new hike for Tom and I as well as Terry. Beginning from the park boundary, the trail is an 11 mile walk towards the east… Continue reading

Oak Grove Trail, Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness

The Oak Grove Trail was a fantastic hike up into the Pine Valley Mountains Wilderness. Though the trail is south facing we encountered quite a bit of snow and mud above 8,000 feet… Continue reading

Fiddlers Canyon and a Hike Up Ash Creek Canyon in Dixie National Forest

The hike in Fiddler’s Canyon was really only supposed to be a morning dog walk, but it got more complicated – and more scenic – and so deserves to have a few photos… Continue reading

A Hike from Silver Rim Trailhead and Two Exploratory Missions in the Red Cliffs

The Red Cliffs area is one of our go to places for hiking in the shoulder seasons or when it’s just chilly. And so, after we returned from our New Mexico/Arizona excursions in… Continue reading

The Magical Landscapes of Utah: Cross Country Exploring with a Return through Buckskin Gulch and Wire Pass

As I’ve written time and time again, Utah is a spectacular, amazing state. But for all the myriad of treasures packed into the state, the areas around Buckskin Gulch and Coyote Buttes (home… Continue reading