Tag Archive: Utah

Zion National Park, Part 3: La Verkin Creek Canyon

I thought the last canyon Tom took me to was a beautiful hike but La Verkin Creek Canyon was phenomenal. We used the Grapevine Trailhead off Kolob Terrace Road in Zion and descended… Continue reading

Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, Part 2: More Wilderness Area Exploration and Turtle Rock

Tom and I went back to the Red Cliffs but he directed us to a different section of the reef, south of our last hike there. The hike began with similar views but… Continue reading

Iron Mountain District, Utah

The Iron Mountain District near Cedar City was settled in the mid-19th century after the discovery of iron and subsequent establishment of mining operations. Iron is concentrated here due to both faulting 20… Continue reading

Canal Trail, Virgin River Canyon

After two short but beautiful stops along the rim and then upriver of the canyon, we started our hike by descending 700 feet or so to the river below the dam along the… Continue reading

Virgin River Falls Park, Utah

After walking around the west rim of the Virgin River Tom and Terry had one more brief stop in mind on the way to our canyon hike. Located just off the road that… Continue reading

The Earth Is Breaking: The Rim of Virgin River Canyon

On the way to a hike in the Virgin River Canyon, we stopped on the opposite side of the rim from the trail head to see the interesting phenomena of the cracked mesa… Continue reading

Zion National Park, Part 2: Camp Creek

On the way back from Silver Reef, we made a short stop at Camp Creek, just inside the northwest corner of Zion National Park. This is a wilderness area and there are no… Continue reading

Hike Around the Silver Reef Mines and the Charcoal Kiln, Dixie National Forest

Silver Reef is an abandoned mining area near Leeds, Utah famous for the silver rush in the 1870s after the surprising discovery of the precious metal embedded in the sandstone. In it’s heyday… Continue reading

Zion National Park, Part 1: Kolob Canyon and Timber Creek Overlook Trail

A few days after my arrival in Utah Tom brought me down to Kolob Canyon, a lesser-known section of Zion National Park located northwest of Zion Canyon. Kolob Canyon features 2,000 foot sheer… Continue reading

Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, Part 1: Cottonwood Canyon and Speckled Wash

My first hike upon returning to Utah was an incredibly beautiful one despite the clouds. Okay, it was not just beautiful, but totally amazing. This was my first time at the Red Cliffs,… Continue reading