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

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 the road, this time we did.  I don't…

The Desert Narrows: Sulphur Creek In Capitol Reef

After first hearing about the Sulphur Creek hike on a podcast, I knew I had to do it.  I started thinking of it as the desert narrows.  Yes, the narrows in Zion technically are the desert, but this actually felt like desert.   I finally hiked part of the narrows in Zion the week before, still out…

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A Quick Visit To Arches National Park

This was my third visit to Arches National Park and probably won't be my last.  It was the first National Park I ever visited, and now I'm hooked, not just to Arches, but visiting all the parks.  We visited back in April, late, I know, and I wasn't expecting it to be as busy as…

Canyonlands National Park In An Afternoon

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. No, no, no.  I'm not saying you can see the whole of Canyonlands National Park in an afternoon.  But you can do some hiking in at least one district and maybe start off…

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A New Adventure At Kodachrome Basin State Park

I remembered driving past signs for it last year, but really had no idea what to expect.  I Googled it before we decided to go, but still wasn't sure.   We were going to be in the area at Bryce Canyon already though and figured, why not?  I mean, it's basically on the way from…

Bottom Of The River At Black Canyon Of The Gunnison

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. Last year I went to Black Canyon of the Gunnison in Colorado for the first time.  I hadn't even heard of it until last year and now I've made two trips to see…

Third Time’s The Charm: Hiking Navajo Loop (Finally)

Bryce Canyon National Park is one of my favorites, at least after my latest visit.  If you've been here for a while you probably know I've been twice before, once a year the last three years now.  (In 2021 we stopped by again just to get a park mug!) The first time was part of…

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Underwhelmed At Mesa Verde National Park

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. That title is just the start of a glowing review, right?  Ehh, not really.  But, I keep things real here and that means I'm here to tell you I didn't love Mesa Verde.…

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18 Pictures To Make You Add Lake Powell To Your Southwest Roadtrip Itinerary

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. Lake Powell, at least North Lake Powell, usually gets passed up on Utah Road Trips.  And it shouldn't be, for good reason.  No, it's not great for budget trips, but it's totally worth…

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An Afternoon With Bison In Wind Cave National Park

I don't know how I missed it last year since I stayed 20 minutes away, but I did.  I missed Wind Cave National Park, a short drive from Hot Springs, South Dakota and a couple hours from the Badlands.  It's neighboring Custer State Parkand close to Mount Rushmore.  I mean really, how did I miss…

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Back To The Badlands (For Real This Time)

Last year you may recall a post called Back To The Badlands when, in fact, it was my first time there.  Well, buckle up or get ready or something because I actually went back to the Badlands.  Twice.  I bet you're already impressed and you haven't even read about it yet. Well, on my way…

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Why South Dakota Isn’t Actually The Worst

I always saw the commercials at home for visiting South Dakota.  I always thought why would you want to go there for fun?  I always thought it was flat and boring with nothing to look at SPOILER ALERT: It's not, that might actually be Illinois (at least until I visit again, maybe.)  Sorry, Illinois.  Sort of. …