Category Archive: Utah

A Christmas Eve Hike in the Red Cliffs

Since it was snowing again at the house, we decided to hike down in the Red Cliffs on Christmas Eve. It was still stormy as we drove past the 4,000 foot elevation marker… Continue reading

A Failed but Beautiful Hike. Which Resulted in More Cowbell.

I know I say/write this all the time, but I’m going back to this place. This place being Water Canyon. In what seems to be a theme for me lately, I keep showing… Continue reading

Yellow Knolls and High Point Trails, Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

I came to hike the Yellow Knolls Trail somewhat by accident. I had intended to hike a different trail in the southern end of the Red Cliffs but access was temporarily blocked by… Continue reading

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