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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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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…

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Catstair Canyon: Hike To Stacked Cars Near Lake Powell

Catstair Canyon is a strange little hike. It's a short hike to stacked cars by Lake Powell, right on the side of Highway 89. I drove over this so many times last year and had no idea this existed. Wait, cars stacked under the highway? Yes. These were initially put here when the highway was…

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Kanab Dinosaur Tracks: A Pretty OK Hike In Kanab, Utah

I've wanted to hike to the Kanab dinosaur tracks since I found out about them last year. It's a short hike but we just never stopped for it. When my parents came to visit, I figured we'd try and squeeze it in, and we did! And boy was it something. I had absolutely no idea…

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29 Things To Know Before Planning A Lake Powell Vacation

I can't believe it's taken me five years to write this post! I guess it's just given me extra time to think of everything you need to know before planning a Lake Powell vacation. And it's a lot. And after working at Lake Powell for six seasons (four in Bullfrog, two in Wahweap), not just…

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12 Awesome Outdoorsy Things To Do In Blanding, Utah (And Nearby!)

Here's something I never thought I would say: I actually like Blanding, Utah. It is far from my favorite place ever but after spending more time there last spring, it's become an endearing little place to me and one of my favorite places to go in Utah. While the town itself isn't brimming with things…

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Hike Wire Pass to Buckskin Gulch To See The Golden Glow Of Utah Slot Canyons

One of the things that has been on my Utah bucket list for years is the Buckskin Gulch hike: the longest slot canyon in the world at 21 miles long. Or at least that we know about. Well, I still haven't done it. But I did get to see part of it so that's something.…

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15 Of The Best Views In Utah: Scenery That Will Blow Your Mind (That You Won’t Find On Any Other List!)

This is a post I've wanted to write forever but could never decide how I wanted to do it, what I wanted to include, and I definitely had to see more stuff. Finally I settled on the best views in Utah that are mostly not in the national parks. Some of them are grand views…

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See The Meadows Turn Into Living Rainbows At Cedar Breaks Wildflower Festival In Utah

This summer we spent a lot of time in Kanab and would usually just decide what to do after we got our coffee and juice. One day we decided it was time we visit Cedar Breaks National Monument so off we went to this mini Bryce Canyon. Before going I knew the wildflower festival was…

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See This Life-size Rock Shell On The Nautilus Hike In Utah

I don't remember what I was looking up at the time, some hike near Page, but then I stumbled on The Nautilus hike. What I do remember is the day that I found it I wanted to go immediately. We didn't but I wanted to. The first time we went was within a couple of…

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Toadstool Trail In Kanab: The Worst Trail Ever

The Toadstool Trail. The Crown Jewel of Kanab. Or as I like to call it The Worst Trail Ever. Let me give you a quick rundown of the conversation on this hike: Silence. Silence. Silence. Is this it? Why is this even a trail? This shouldn't have a trail at all, it doesn't deserve a…

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Hike To Easy Ruins On The Way To Halls Crossing On Lake Powell

I think this is officially my last post on our spring adventures and it's the one I'm most surprised I didn't do until this year: driving the Halls Crossing side of Highway 276 (still haven't taken the ferry, though) to see the ruins! I still haven't driven all the way dow to the marina there,…

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Visit Escalante Petrified Forest State Park And Hike The Sleeping Rainbow Trail

One of the last posts I have for our spring Escalante trip is about the Escalante Petrified Forest State Park and the Sleeping Rainbow Trail! This was actually our first stop when we got to Escalante and we spent a few hours there that afternoon. It was somewhere that we always drove past but never…