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Canyonlands National Park: Island in the Sky

Raw and rugged is what best describes Canyonlands National Park. Some call it the Great American Outback, with its relatively unchanged landscape since Powell first…

Dark Skies in Utah

Not only do the desert southwest states offer incredible views of geology and nature during the day, they also offer stunning views of the heavens…

The Arches of Arches National Park

After the third visit to Arches National Park, I'm beginning to understand why it's such a popular park: many of the viewpoints are easily accessible…

Arches: Fiery Furnace

Within Arches National Park, remains a pocket of wilderness where there is no other destination than what you discover. The Fiery Furnace is a maze…

Arches: Park Avenue

2,000:  That's the official estimate number of natural arches found within Arches National Park. Arches may be the stars of this show, but they have…

Capitol Reef: Scenic Drive & Capitol Gorge Trail

I love the raw beauty to Capital Reef National Park: the towering cliffs encasing a green oasis of Fruita valley, the mysterious canyons and distant…

Grand Staircase-Escalante: Devil’s Garden

Apparently, there are quite a few places in the world called "Devil's Garden" and the one we explored on this occasion was found in the…

Capitol Reef: Burr Trail Road & Notom-Bullfrog Road

To get to Burr Trail Road, we took Utah Scenic Byway 12 south for 38 miles toward the small town of Boulder from Torrey. SB-12…

Capitol Reef: Lower Cathedral Valley

The best way to visit Capitol Reef National Park is via long road trips on dusty dirt roads, some requiring 4 wheel drive and possibly…

Capitol Reef: Fruita & Fremont River Trail

Capitol Reef National Park feels like a secret. Hidden away in the remote back routes of Utah, and as evident by the low tourist population,…

Scenic Highway 12 and Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

Scenic Highway 12 Some of Utah's most gorgeous high desert scenery unravels along this all-American highway. The entirety of the road starts near Bryce Canyon…

Bryce Canyon: Mossy Cave and Fairyland Point

Mossy Cave Trail Hitch and I took Highway 12, a little less than 4 miles beyond the SR-63 turn-off. I found this hike exceedingly pleasant,…

Red Canyon, Dixie National Forest

Under the jurisdiction of Dixie National Forest is an excellent prelude to Bryce Canyon, if you are traveling eastbound on Highway 12.  When we were…

Bryce Canyon National Park: Highway 63 & Bristlecone Loop

Utah State Route 63 We drove southward from the Bryce Visitor's Center and took SR-63 all the way to Rainbow Point. It's a little over…

Bryce Canyon National Park: Queen’s Garden and Navajo Loop Combo

To absorb the true meaning of Bryce Canyon National Park, I felt that I had to descend into the canyon itself. There's a quote from…

Zion East: Driving Nirvana

Zion National Park Scenic Byway From Canyon Junction to Mount Carmel Junction on Utah Highway 9. The drive heads up and east, paralleling Pine Creek,…

Zion National Park: Northgate Peaks Trail

Northgate Peaks Trail Overlook on Kolob Terrace Kolob Terrace, also known as Kolob Plateau, is a less-visited section of Zion and is accessible via the…

Zion National Park: Weeping Rock & Timber Overlook Trail

The Weeping Rock, Zion Nationa Park Main Canyon The verdant gardens of Weeping Rock are exquisitely beautiful. In the early morning and without another soul…

Zion National Park: Emerald Pools & Kayenta Trail

Hiking Zion's Emerald Pools The trail to Emerald Pools is a Zion National Park signature hike and a must for any first time visitor. It's…

Zion National Park: Riverwalk Trail

Zion National Park is pretty popular and received some 3.6 million visitors alone last year. Not as much as Grand Canyon's 5.2 million visitors, but…

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