Category Archives: Utah

Water Canyon (Canaan Mountain Wilderness, UT)

Climbing partway up the sandstone cliffs of Canaan Mountain, this short hike—located just over the Utah border from Colorado City, Arizona—ascends rocky and sandy terrain to a beautiful perennial waterfall, short slot, and bowl-shaped narrows resembling “The Subway” in nearby … Continue reading

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Wiregrass Canyon (Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, UT)

Highly weathered and rimmed with chalky hoodoos, natural arches, and tafoni, Wiregrass Canyon is an intriguing side drainage in southern Utah’s Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The relatively-accessible canyon eventually empties into Glen Canyon and (what’s left of) the reservoir … Continue reading

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Buckskin Gulch via Wire Pass (Paria Canyon – Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, UT)

Stretching for more than a dozen miles through south-central Utah, the dark, undulating narrows of Buckskin Gulch are a sight to behold, a wonder of the American Southwest. Considered to be the longest slot canyon in the world, Buckskin Gulch … Continue reading

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Top 10 Hikes in 2020

Well, what a strange year it has been. In the early days of 2020, it was hard to imagine that, by March, much of the world would be dealing with a global pandemic that would take the lives of millions … Continue reading

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Return to Capitol Reef National Park

After more than five years away, yours truly finally had the chance to return to Capitol Reef National Park in central Utah, where I spent a lovely winter as a seasonal interpretive volunteer. Having effectively already covered all the hikes … Continue reading

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Peekaboo Loop Trail (Bryce Canyon National Park, UT)

The Peekaboo Loop Trail via Bryce Point is a challenging stem-and-loop hike through some of Bryce Canyon’s most spectacular hoodoo landscapes. Continue reading

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Buckhorn – Golden Wall Trail Loop (Dixie National Forest, UT)

Short but strenuous loop hike amid hoodoos, colorful hillsides, and towering spires in the Red Canyon area of Dixie National Forest Continue reading

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Introducing the Capitol Reef Trail Guide!

Having finally completed the backlog of blog posts from my four months in Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park, I’ve decided to roll out a whole new reference titled the “Capitol Reef Trail Guide.” Here you will find a comprehensive list … Continue reading

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Top 10 Hikes in Capitol Reef National Park’s “Backcountry”

Most hikers in Capitol Reef National Park will stick to the 15 maintained trails in the principal Fremont River District. But it is the remote and scintillating backcountry that harbors the park’s greatest gems. After last month presenting a (subjective) … Continue reading

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Interstate 70 through eastern Utah

Interstate 70, a principal artery for long-distance travelers across the United States, covers 2,153 and crosses nine state lines between Utah and Baltimore, Maryland—and most of the route, admittedly, is less than scintillating. After all, America’s mega-highways were built primarily … Continue reading

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