Monthly Archives: December 2014

Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail (Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, UT)

The half-day out-and-back to Lower Calf Creek Falls is the most popular hike in the Escalante Canyons area, and with good reason. Not only does the colorful and beautifully-framed 126-foot chute make for a blissful destination, but the journey itself … Continue reading

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Upper Calf Creek Falls Trail (Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, UT)

Less frequented than its national park neighbors (e.g., Bryce Canyon, Zion, Capitol Reef), Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM)—managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)—is an enormous, 1.9-million-acre maze of cliffs, sinuous slots, and sandstone canyons in the heart of … Continue reading

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Fremont Gorge Overlook Trail (Capitol Reef National Park, UT)

It’s hard to choose a favorite among the multitude of fantastic hikes in Capitol Reef National Park, especially as there are a handful of front-country and backcountry trails I have yet to explore. Yet the subjective leader to date may … Continue reading

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Rim Overlook and Navajo Knobs Trail (Capitol Reef National Park, UT)

Peering down at Highway 24 or the Visitor Center from Rim Overlook or atop Navajo Knobs will give you a very different perspective of Capitol Reef National Park than the average visitor. The predominant view in the park is to … Continue reading

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Grand Wash Trail (Capitol Reef National Park, UT)

Connecting Highway 24 and the Fremont River with the Scenic Drive, Grand Wash is one of only six drainages cutting east-west through the 100-mile Waterpocket Fold. It also happens to be one of the flattest and easiest hikes in Capitol … Continue reading

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Bitter Spring Creek (Capitol Reef National Park, UT)

The route into Bitter Spring Creek Canyon is one of those if-you-have-done-everything-else hikes, buried in an isolated corner of Capitol Reef National Park. Yet the geology-minded will be rewarded with up-close views of the eroding layers of Mancos shale, while … Continue reading

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Petroglyphs Trail (Capitol Reef National Park, UT)

In a move partially influenced by a thirst for additional fodder for this blog, I just started a temporary gig as a seasonal interpretive volunteer at Capitol Reef National Park in central Utah. Often overshadowed by nearby national park behemoths like … Continue reading

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