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

Thru Arches and Behind the Rocks

I procrastinated putting together this trip report because the process actually bummed me out somewhat. It’s now been TWO years in a row that my spring trip hasn’t gone as planned. 🙁  That makes me question… Am I getting too old for this? Am I losing the passion? Am I… Continue reading

Hike Guide: The Upper Paria

The Upper Paria doesn’t get as much attention as the Lower Paria a little farther south. The Upper Paria (rhymes w/ “Maria”)  is located in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and is a braided river in a much more wide-open canyon than its lower counterpart which is famous for its… Continue reading

Hayduke: Happy Maze Alternate

Another alternate to consider for those hiking the Hayduke Trail — an exciting route through The Maze and Happy Canyon. I don’t expect many to opt for this alternate, but it is actually my preferred route for a trek across Utah. Approximate Mileage Comparison: Official Hayduke: 85.7 miles Happy Maze… Continue reading

Kitchen Canyon Falls & Starlight Narrows

In the western portion of GSENM and about 1 mile up from the Paria River is the seldom-visited Kitchen Canyon Falls and nearby Starlight Canyon Narrows. Getting to this location would be a moderately-long day hike from the Pahreah Townsite (and former Paria Movie Set) location. But, for those backpacking… Continue reading

Burr Trail Loop Hike

Spring 2016 definitely didn’t turn out like I imagined. After months of planning, I scrapped my “Bryce to Canyonlands” itinerary due to a lingering ankle injury as well as schedule complications. Then more logistical conflicts doomed plan B as well. After Plan C seemed less than ideal, I ended up… Continue reading