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Montezuma Castle: A Not-So-Typical Castle In Arizona

After a nice morning visit to Tuzigoot National Monument, my parents and I headed over to Montezuma Castle National Monument about 30 minutes away. This is another pretty small park that can easily be done with very limited time. There is the main Montezuma Castle ruin and if you want, you can also go to…

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Tuzigoot National Monument: Probably The Most Fun Name For A National Monument Possible

One of the things I knew I wanted to do while my parents were visiting was to go to Jerome, Tuzigoot, and Montezuma Castle because I knew they were all really close together. They basically let me plan the trips, so what do you know, we got to go to all three! Don't worry, they…

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11 Of The Best Weekend Getaways In Southern Utah

This post is a little different than I normally do just because it's more aimed at people living in Utah or nearby where a weekend getaway in Southern Utah is easily done. Of course, you can still use this to help plan a Utah road trip by combining or mixing and matching for slightly longer…

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7 Great Stops On Bad Water Road (+6 Other Awesome Things To See In Death Valley!)

There are so many great stops on Bad Water Road and awesome things to see in Death Valley and it's super easy to get away from the crowds in the parts closer to Furnace Creek. We had just one full day in Death Valley and I knew there would be a lot of driving since…

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28 Incredible Places To Visit In Florida For Nature Lovers

I love Florida. When most people hear Florida they think Disney, but I think Florida is a paradise for outdoor activities, too. It may not be the west or have mountains, but it's still amazing. Between all the time I've been in Florida, it probably adds up to a year, maybe. I feel like I've…

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Hike To Ruins On The Walnut Canyon Island Trail In Flagstaff

In 2020 on one of our trips to Flagstaff we stopped at Walnut Canyon. The Island Trail was closed then so we just did the short Rim Trail. I thought it was nice but I wasn't blown away. I did want to come back eventually to do the Island Trail and this fall when my…

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Shoshone Point Trail: The Grand Canyon Hike That Won Me Over

Before my most recent trip to the Grand Canyon, I had been there twice and both times I was underwhelmed. Or maybe overwhelmed because I cannot fathom the size of the canyon. And I still can't fathom the size of the Grand Canyon but the view at the end of the Shoshone Point Trail really,…

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30 Best Places To Visit In Utah (From Someone That Lived There)

This is another post I've had on my list of posts I want to write forever. It's all about the best places to visit in Utah and I'm writing this all from my own experiences. I've done everything on this list and most and have (shockingly) narrowed it down to this long list. I'm sharing…

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My Favorite Short Trail In Saguaro: Desert Discovery Nature Trail

On my first visit to Saguaro, I didn't get to do the Desert Discovery Nature Trail but I wanted to. So when I went with my parents in the fall, I made sure we did it. It actually worked out that there was only one car in the parking lot so we didn't have to…

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7 Reasons Visiting Capitol Reef National Park Is Worth It

I love Capitol Reef and I'll yell it from the mountain tops. It's my favorite Utah national park and I think it will be hard to change that. While I think I've done more in other parks, like Zion, Capitol Reef just has something special about it that I love and today I want to…

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Big Cypress Or Everglades: The Great Swamp Debate

Or at least for now. So, which is better, Big Cypress or Everglades National Park? If you've been here a while, you may already know what I think, if not, welcome and keep reading! I love the Florida swamp. I love it. And I love one of these more than the other, but I won't…

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Signal Hill Petroglyph Trail: Awesome Rock Art In Saguaro National Park

The Signal Hill Trail is a great short hike to petroglyphs in Saguaro National Park's west side. I've done this one twice and it's actually I think my favorite view in the park. It's just a dirt path taking you down to and across a wash before heading up to the top of the hill.…

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Valley View Overlook In Saguaro National Park: One Of The Best Effort To Payoff Ratios In The Park

One of the most popular and best easy hikes in Saguaro west is the Valley View Overlook Trail. It's not my number one trail ever but I do enjoy it! It's great if you're looking for views in Saguaro and if you like cool plants. But also, the whole park is great for anyone that…

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20 Short Hikes In Southern Utah Not To Miss Out On

Lately, I'm learning to love slightly longer hikes but up until recently, I've stuck with hikes on the shorter side, like four miles or less. And today is all about those short hikes in Utah I love. While there are, of course, tons of other amazing short and easy hikes in Utah, I'm focusing on…