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…

My 11 Favorite Pictures From Capitol Reef National Park + Tips For Visiting

Capitol Reef is one of my favorite national parks so far.  It has tons of awesome hiking.  It's super close to other awesome parks.  It has delicious cinnamon rolls and ice cream.  And it's highly overlooked.  I just wanted to share some of my favorite pictures from my visits, my favorite posts from the park,…

Exploring Glen Canyon: Cathedral in the Desert

There are affiliate links in here.  This wasn't my first time in Cathedral in the Desert, but it was a totally different experience from the first time.  Cathedral in the Desert is in the Escalante River arm of Lake Powell, Clear Creek Canyon specifically.  It's one of those places on the lake you just have…

Monument valley without a guide

Super Ultimate Hiking Utah Bucket List

I love making lists.  I make them all the time and for everything.  Goals for the day?  List.  Goals for the year?  List.  Things to look up online later?  List.  Books I want to read?  List.  Movies to watch?  List.  Things I might want to get next time I'm in town?  List.  Parks I've been…

A Little Taste Of Fall In Capitol Reef

The first day my parents were visiting we had a solid plan: take Burr Trail all the way to Burr Trail Grill in Boulder then go to Capitol Reef to see the Pioneer Register again (they hadn't seen it yet) and pick apples in the orchard at Capitol Reef, finally!  I wanted to pick fruit…

Explore Natural Bridges National Monument On Your Utah Road Trip

Natural Bridges National Monument was the one place I kept telling myself I was going to go to last year and I never did.  This year on our way home from camping in Bears Ears we finally decided to stop.  I mean, they are on the same road so we didn't really have an excuse…

Scorched At Sand Hollow State Park

Last year I remember reading a blog post about Sand Hollow State Park.  I got confused and was thinking of Snow Canyon State Park.  I looked up both and they both looked cool, so in the morning before we went to Zion, we stopped at Sand Hollow for like, 30 minutes and left because it…

Wet ‘N Wild In The Zion Narrows

There are affiliate links in here.   I finally did it!  I finally hiked The Narrows!  See, this is a big deal for me because as most of you know (or are about to learn) I do not like water activities.  I like being on water, but not in water.  Very different things.  I managed to avoid going into…

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

There are affiliate links in here.  .   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 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 of…

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…