Monthly Archives: January 2015

Natural Bridges Loop Trail, including Mesa Trail (Natural Bridges National Monument, UT)

The principal wonder of Natural Bridges National Monument in southeast Utah is this: nowhere else in North America—perhaps the world—can you see three of Earth’s largest natural bridges in one day’s hike. Yes, that’s natural bridges, not arches, mind you—the … Continue reading

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Point 6,230′ (Capitol Reef National Park, UT)

Visible from Highway 24, the monolith known only as Point 6,230’ is an impressive hunk of deep red Moenkopi rock rising above a snaking maze of crumbly canyons in western Capitol Reef National Park. Though not the highest of the … Continue reading

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Golden Throne Trail and Golden Throne Canyon (Capitol Reef National Park, UT)

The purpose of the Golden Throne Trail is to provide fine views of the trail’s namesake, a 7,042-foot sandstone dome that shines a deep yellow in the sun. However, visitors hoping to summit Golden Throne—or even to touch it—are likely … Continue reading

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Cooks Mesa and Meeks Mesa (Fishlake National Forest, UT)

There is perhaps no better word to describe the hike to the top of Meeks Mesa than epic. Though the 2.2-mile trail lies just outside the western boundary of Capitol Reef National Park (it is on Fishlake National Forest land), … Continue reading

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