Video: Hot Day in the Valley of Fire

On my way back from Utah in late August I made a quick stop in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada. I knew it would be warm, but… didn’t expect it to be 112-degrees-crazy-hot! Nonetheless I had a good drive through the park and did a few short hikes including my… Continue reading

Hike Guide: Inside Stevens Arch

Stevens Arch in the lower Escalante is one of the most impressive arches in Utah (and arguably the world!) At 220′ feet wide it’s rumored that a crazy pilot once flew a small plane through its opening. The arch stands high in the Navajo sandstone as the river flows in… Continue reading

Video: Hackberry and Upper Paria Exploration

This past spring I completed a series of “shorter” hikes instead of doing one big thru-hike. Here’s the video trip report for the first hike where I explored up Hackberry Canyon and then the highlands above the Upper Paria: Continue reading

Salt Creek: Lower Jump and Arch

As the Salt Creek heads toward the Colorado River in the Needles District of Canyonlands, it makes a grand leap of about 200′ into the inner canyon below. This incredible sight is known as the Lower Jump and at times is makes for an incredible waterfall. More frequently though, one… Continue reading