The Government Shutdown: Hanging Out Around Dixie National Forest

With the government shutdown closing all the parks and monuments I was a bit stuck being in Southern Utah. Without any indication of how long it was going to last and because I… Continue reading

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Part 3: Coyote Buttes and The Wave

An extraordinary set of circumstances occurred when I returned to the trailhead from my morning in Wire Pass and Buckskin Gulch. I had decided to drive to a different trailhead for an afternoon… Continue reading

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Part 2: Wire Pass Buckskin Gulch. Or A Tale of Coordination and Disaster.

I arrived bright and early at Wire Pass Trailhead the morning of October 1st, the day of the government shutdown. As I was looking at the trail map a ranger pulled up and… Continue reading

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Part 1 and Horseshoe Bend

After leaving Grand Canyon I headed to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Arriving after midday, I started with some shorter hikes and excursions, the first of which was a drive out to the old… Continue reading

The Grand Canyon: North Rim

Well, the Grand Canyon is certainly impressive. The canyon is massive, an echoing void in the earth that constantly forces air – almost silently – from its depths. The Cape Royal Road was… Continue reading

The Drive to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon: Vermillion Cliffs National Monument and Kaibab National Forest

Well at the end of the day, my camera decided to stop working. So I drove down to Flagstaff and on my way back up I realized that it would make more sense… Continue reading

Antelope Canyon: A Dream Come True

Antelope Canyon was the second place of five that I’ve visited from my must-see list. It was love at first sight. See, I wasn’t aware that it even existed until I read this… Continue reading

Monument Valley Drive By and Lake Powell

Monument Valley, a Navajo Tribal Park, is a cluster a sandstone buttes that have appeared in numerous films and an array of still photographs, making them very recognizable. I drove in from the… Continue reading

Anasazi Heritage Center and Stanton Englehart Exhibit

Before leaving Colorado I visited the Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores. The small museum there is excellent, not just displaying artifacts but containing multiple interactive exhibits for both children and adults that really… Continue reading

Mesa Verde National Park, Part 2: Canyon Rim Dwellings and Spruce Tree House

There are over 600 archaeological sites within the park limits and though only a fraction of them are open to the public, I will not recount each of the dozen or so others… Continue reading