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. …

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 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…

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…

A Non-Hikers Drive Through Guide To Arches National Park

I know not everyone likes hiking.  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 parks.  While most of this doesn't require hiking, there will be some hiking involved, but it's all under a…

A Scenic Drive From Moab: What To Do On Potash Road

I drove past Potash Road so many times and had no idea what was down there.  Then I saw a picture of Corona Arch and found out that was down Potash road, but what else is there?  One evening after spending the afternoon in Arches, we decided to head down Potash Road just outside of Moab…

Little Rainbow Bridge: Hiking To Corona Arch

Corona Arch is an awesome, easy hike near Moab, Utah.  It's the perfect way to spend a few extra hours and get a little hiking in when you're visiting Moab.  The trailhead for Corona Arch is about ten miles down Potash Road, which is just after the entrance to Arches National Park.  Along Potash Road,…

11 More Of My Favorite National Park Hikes

Last year, almost an exact year, I did a post on my favorite hikes in national parks.  Well, in the time that's passed, I've gone to new parks and I've gone back to a lot of parks.  I've done a lot of new hikes in these visits and decided to share 10 more of my…

Climb The Coral Pink Sand Dunes Near Kanab, Utah

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is a little slice of sandy paradise not too far from Kanab, Utah.  It's the perfect stop if you're passing through Kanab on your way to or from Zion National Park.  You can either climb the dunes or, if you're an off-road enthusiast, you can drive your off-highway vehicle there!…

Hidden Canyon: Intro To Angel’s Landing

There are affiliate links in here. Last year I got the National Geographic Secrets of the National Parks book.  I didn't really look through it until I was home recently.  When I was looking through it to get ready for our trip to Zion, I saw a hike I hadn't heard of before.  That hike…

Lava Tubes And Pioneer Names In Snow Canyon State Park

Snow Canyon State Park in Southern Utah is the perfect little day getaway from St. George.  It's a great way to spend a day out hiking while avoiding the crowds in nearby Zion National Park.  It's almost like a mini Zion.  Don't go in expecting huge, towering canyons like Zion, but it's similar.  Just much…

Hike Kolob Canyons: Taylor Creek Trail

Over the last few years, I've visited Zion National Park quite a few times.  I've been to the main area of the park and down Kolob Terrace Road, but I hadn't been to Kolob Canyons yet.  I didn't actually realize it existed until a few months ago.  Crazy, right? Well, this trip it was our…

Hiking Canyon Overlook Trail In Zion National Park

As you know, I was just in Wisconsin for about a month for the holidays.  I had all these plans to do all kinds of fun stuff in the area and then it was freezing cold, like below zero the majority of our time there.  So all those cool things I wanted to do have…