Tag Archive: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

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

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

Burr Trail, Part 2: Adventures Near Camp

During the five days we explored the Burr Trail we camped in the midst of gorgeous sandstone plateau that was punctuated by buttes and petrified dunes. We had already concluded it was a… Continue reading

The Burr Trail, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

We spent five days camped out along the Burr Trail, a scenic drive that connects Route 12 at Boulder with the back way into Capitol Reef National Park. Though we intended to explore… Continue reading

Poison Ivy in Utah? Upper Calf Creek and Lower Calf Creek Falls Trails

Upper and Lower Calf Creek Falls are pretty impressive waterfalls by any definition but are exceptional for central Utah, making them a popular place to visit in Grand Staircase-Escalante. The lower falls in… Continue reading

Top Ten Favorite Hikes

My previous post was a list of my all time favorite places but because I find it hard to compare the different experiences, I decided to write a post dedicated to my favorite… 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