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Boulder To Escalante On Hells Backbone: A (Surprising) Scenic Drive

Hell's Backbone Scenic Drive from boulder to Escalante, Utah is one of those things I've seen and driven past a million times since I first moved out here and we finally decided to drive it earlier this summer.  The TripAdvisor reviews were pretty mixed, but we were already in Boulder so decided to go anyways. …

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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…

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Explore Ancient Ruins At Hovenweep National Monument

There are affiliate links in here. Hovenweep National Monument is a small monument on the Colorado/Utah border, not too far from Cortez (Colorado) and Bluff (Utah,) but not particularly close to anything else other than the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument.  After passing the sign for it a few times with no real idea…

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Witch Zapping Reindeer, Or The 100 Hands Pictograph in Escalante

There are affiliate links in here. How I went two years without knowing about this hike and these petroglyphs is beyond me.  The 100 Hands Pictograph Hike in Escalante is a great, short option if you're just passing through the park.   It's right along the main road so you don't have to make the perilous…

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Best National Parks To Visit In The Winter

There are affiliate links in here. Lately, I've been thinking more about this winter, where I'll be, what I'll be doing, all that good stuff.  I've especially been dreaming about the Tetons in the winter.  I love it.  I don't love winter, but nothing beats the Tetons under eight feet of snow with moose lounging…

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Go Back In Time On The Trail Through Time In Colorado

Before I get into this, there are a few things you should know about me relating to this: I LOVE dinosaurs.  All things dinosaur, I love. I own two Jurassic Park shirts and wear them when I see dinosaur things. I've made it a goal to see as many dinosaur things in Utah as I…

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Coke Ovens And The Devils Kitchen In Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction, Colorado is a hidden gem.  I had heard of it my first summer working in Bullfrog, but I knew literally nothing about it until maybe a week before I went.  Turns out, I love it!  I won't lie, I don't really like Grand Junction.  The food options aren't great. …

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50 Pictures That Will Make You Want To Explore America’s Outdoors

Believe it or not, I never used to want to travel in the US.  That seems crazy now after basically traveling around it for jobs for the last three years.  I'm still dying to leave the country, which I haven't done since I got back from the Philippines, but at the same time, I've loved…

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Devils Backbone: An Easy Hike In Loveland, Colorado

While I wouldn't say it's the best hike in Colorado, Devils Backbone in Loveland is a nice way to do a little hiking without straying too far from a city.  This hike is easy, conveniently located, and has a good view of the surrounding area.  Whether you are looking for a nice after work walk…

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27 Pictures That Have Me Wishing I Was Back In Hawaii

If you haven't noticed, lately I've been going through pictures from old trips.  And I mean old, like high school old.  I didn't think I had my pictures from the last trip to Hawaii with me in Utah, but I do!  So, I went through them and picked out the best to share with you…

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Literally Just Pictures Of New York (And Some Fun Stories)

Ok, this isn't literally just pictures of New York, but don't expect anything helpful from this.  If you're looking for something informative, head elsewhere.  You won't find it here.  I would suggest some of these posts.  This post will be more of a small collection of pictures from my trip to New York in high…

A Non-Hikers Drive Through Guide To Arches National Park

I know not everyone likes hiking.  Not everyone can hike for one reason or another.  I know not everyone has time to hike when they visit national parks.  So that's why I decided to share a non-hiking drive through guide to Arches, one of my favorite national parks.  While most of this doesn't require hiking, there…