Boating North Lake Powell: Moqui Canyon

  There are affiliate links in here. On our way to Smith Fork, in October mind you, after hearing about it all summer, I finally made us go into Moqui Canyon.  It was way cooler than I thought.  Apparently there are Moqui steps (smallish holes carved into the canyon walls to climb up and down)…

Finding Mountain Lions in the San Rafael Swell

This place gives me the creeps.  That's what I'm starting with.  Makes you want to go there, right?  Yeah, totally. . . This was my first time there, I eventually went back, but that's for later.  This time I just knew I wanted to go the direction away from Goblin Valley, so straight instead of…

Hiking to Hickman Bridge

After driving through Capitol Reef a couple times and exploring the south end a little bit, it was time for a proper visit to the scenic road in the north.  There is the highway that passes through and the 10 mile (one way) scenic drive near the visitors center.  Both have a number of hikes…

Goblin Valley, a Grown Up Playground

There are affiliate links in here.   Goblin Valley State Park in Utah is the perfect side stop on a southwest US road trip.  It's much less visited than the nearby national parks and can be visited in just a few hours on your way to other parks, like Capitol Reef or Lake Powell from Moab. …

Pedestal Alley: The Perfect Afternoon Hike Near Bullfrog, Utah

It was a coolish morning, as coolish as the desert can be in May, and I was off to explore Pedestal Alley on Burr Trail.  There is parking on the left side of the road across from the trailhead, which is marked with a sign, on the right.  The trail basically follows a wash and…

Bryce Canyon, Because Why Not?

Last July I went to Bryce Canyon for the first time.  This June I went back and it was totally different.  This time is was nice and warm and sunny.  This trip was a bit more spontaneous, but being only 5ish hours away this summer, I figured, why not? This time we stopped at a…

Lower Muley Twist Adventures In Capitol Reef

It was my birthday and I wanted to go somewhere.  After rounding up some new friends, we set off for Capitol Reef with, well, no plan.  After following Burr Trail to the end of the paved section, we went left to get to Capitol Reef.  The first part of it is really pretty, but instead…