Bears Ears To The Abajos: An Underrated Mountain Getaway

In 2017 we went camping in Bears Ears on my birthday.  We had no immediate plans to go back when we left for Grand Junction on my birthday in 2018.  Our plan was to do the Trail Through Time then camp in McInnis Canyon and do some hiking.  Well, good old Ginger (my old 2016 Ford…

Explore Natural Bridges National Monument On Your Utah Road Trip

Natural Bridges National Monument was the one place I kept telling myself I was going to go to last year and I never did.  This year on our way home from camping in Bears Ears we finally decided to stop.  I mean, they are on the same road so we didn't really have an excuse…

A Pit Stop In Capitol Reef: Hiking To The Pioneer Register And The Tanks

There are affiliate links in here.  .   On our way back from Great Basin we ended up passing through Capitol Reef, which we do a lot, but we decided to stop and make the drive into Capitol Gorge.  Last year we made a quick stop there, but we didn't go to the end of…

Admiring The Henry’s From The Elephant Skin

Along Burr Trail, and a lot of the Interstate between Grand Junction and Hanksville, is this gray kitty litter-elephant skin stuff.  How official does that sound?  I've always enjoyed looking at it and after setting up camp along Burr one night, we decided to climb it, finally. This stuff is super weird, like squishy.  It…

Where to go on a Utah Road trip

Caves of Goblin Valley State Park

There are affiliate links in here. I went back to Goblin Valley!  I wanted to go back this summer to try and find some cave since we didn't see any last time, which was totally fine because the views we got were totally awesome.  We were camping in the San Rafael Swell (here's an awesome map,…

Hiking to Halls Creek Overlook

Hiking to Halls Creek Overlook

There are affiliate links in here. The first time I drove down Burr Trail, I saw the trailhead for Halls Creek Overlook.  I told myself I would do that before I left.  Well, I didn't.  I did hike to a different overlook though, so I say it still counts. From Bullfrog, it's maybe a half…

Hiking the Butler Wash Ruins

On our way to Blanding for some groceries for our houseboat trip, we decided to stop at the Butler Wash Ruins.  I had seen the sign before but didn't actually know what to expect.  At all.  We pulled over and set out waterless, because we were totally unprepared as usual.  Also, if you like Geocaching,…

My Favorite Hikes That Aren’t in National Parks

There are affiliate links in here. I just covered my favorite National Park hikes, so now it's time to take a look at the rest of them, outside the parks, which is a lot more.  I did quite a bit of hiking towards the beginning of summer, and in the middle, but almost none towards…

My Favorite National Park Hikes

There are affiliate links in here. I like to think I've done my fair share of National Park exploring over the last year.  Some parks I did hiking, others I just had time to drive through.  Today, though, I'm sharing my favorite hikes in National Parks around the US.  I would just like to add this…

Lost in Little Wild Horse Canyon

I think it might actually be impossible to get lost in Little Wild Horse Canyon unless you climbed up and wandered off the trail.  But I don't know, I didn't do that.  I didn't even follow the whole trail.  Rounding out around 8 miles, we didn't have time and the weather was not ideal for…

Finding Mountain Lions in the San Rafael Swell

This place gives me the creeps.  That's what I'm starting with.  Makes you want to go there, right?  Yeah, totally. . . This was my first time there, I eventually went back, but that's for later.  This time I just knew I wanted to go the direction away from Goblin Valley, so straight instead of…