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 In Capitol Reef National Park

Updated April 2021 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 the park and the 10-mile (one way) scenic drive near the visitors center taking…

Goblin Valley State Park: The Coolest State Park In Utah

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. 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…

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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…

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Surprise Canyon: A Capitol Reef Slot Canyon

The best part about working at night was that I had all morning to go do stuff and explore.  This time is was Surprise Canyon in Capitol Reef.  It was my second time in the park and this time I had a goal.   I might not have remembered what it was called before I…

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 it 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…

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Delicate Arch Hike: A Must-Do On Any Visit To Arches National Park

For some reason, I insisted on doing the Delicate Arch hike. "It's only, like, three miles I said." "It won't be that bad."  HA!  Good one, me.  Good one. Spoiler alert: It's worse than you think.  Not bad enough to not do it, but go in prepared.  Bring water.  Maybe a snack.  And water. There…

Straight Up Land in Zion National Park

The other day, I realized in my posts about the road trip, in order, I forgot about Zion.  Oops!  I'm not even sure how I forgot about it.  It was the third National Park we visited out of five.  It wasn't my favorite.  You already know Arches was probably my favorite with Bryce Canyon at…