Hiking Buckskin Gulch, a true bucket list adventure

Hiking Buckskin Gulch, a true bucket list adventure

The trip through Buckskin Gulch is exhilarating and absolutely magnificent. My first through hike exceeded my expectations in every way. The brilliant sandstone walls grew high overhead and the ever-changing light illuminated the canyon in orange and yellow. Each...
Is 2020 the year of the Great American Road Trip?

Is 2020 the year of the Great American Road Trip?

Life in America has changed since Horatio Nelson Jackson embarked on the first cross-country road trip in 1903, back when there were only 150 miles of paved roads in the entire U.S., 8,000 registered vehicles and absolutely no gas stations. He set out on a 3,000-mile...
Hikes To Do Around Kanab Without Needing 4-Wheel-Drive

Hikes To Do Around Kanab Without Needing 4-Wheel-Drive

Easy-to-access hiking trails right in Kanab The American Southwest is big country. But you don’t have to spend your entire vacation driving. Here are several hike ideas within 10 minutes of your Kanab hotel or vacation rental. All are well marked and accessible in a...
Desert Bighorn Sheep Thrive Where We Can Barely Survive

Desert Bighorn Sheep Thrive Where We Can Barely Survive

Even the best hikers feel humbled to watch desert bighorn sheep charge seemingly straight up the steep, sandstone cliffs of Southern Utah. Their incredible agility and balance is unmatched, helping them avoid predators such as mountain lions, bobcats and coyotes. It’s...
Where the heck is the Grand Staircase?

Where the heck is the Grand Staircase?

If you ask that question while you’re standing somewhere in South Central Utah, chances are, you’ve already found the Grand Staircase, and you are, in fact, standing on it. The immense geologic feature is a series of different colored rock layers with steep sides and...
Driving to Peekaboo Slot Canyon

Driving to Peekaboo Slot Canyon

Driving to Peekaboo Slot Canyon: a tour guide gains off-road skills in desert sand It would make sense for a tour company to accentuate the risk of off-road driving in order to sell tours. And it’s often difficult to get an objective opinion on road conditions because...
Biological Soil Crust

Biological Soil Crust

The fascinating community that holds the Utah desert in place If you’ve spent much time hiking the Arizona desert, you’ve probably come across a sign that says, “Don’t bust the crust!” These signs refer to a biological soil crust that is...

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