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

The Confluence Overlook Trail

The Confluence Overlook Trail is an approximate five-mile trail (each way) to an outstanding viewpoint overlooking the confluence of the Colorado and Green Rivers in the heart of Canyonlands National Park.  At certain times of the year each river flows a different color and the mixing of the two rivers… 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

Video: The Burr Trail Loop Hike

The video of my 9-day, 153-mile loop hike around the Burr Trail in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Capitol Reef National Park. The windy/cold May 2016 trek through the land of slot canyons and wide-open vistas features Big Horn Canyon, Zebra Slot, Harris Wash, Choprock Canyon, Lower Muley Twist, Upper… 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

Hike Guide: The Baker Route and Stevens Canyon

Stevens Canyon is a classic Escalante drainage which remains relatively infrequently visited thanks to its remote location.  With no major obstacles, Stevens makes for a great backpacking destination. Combined with the historical Baker Route, it makes for a great “connector” for longer hikes and is becoming a popular alternate for… Continue reading

Muley Mushroom

This interesting toadstool/hoodoo/balanced rock lives in a remote section of desert below Tarantula Mesa west of the Henry Mountains and east of Capitol Reef National Park. As far as I know the rock formation doesn’t have an official name, thus I’ve referred to it by its location near upper Muley… Continue reading

Zion to Capitol Reef: Week 1 — To the Paria

In late April I set out on my latest long-distance hike in southern Utah. The goal this time out was to hike from Zion National Park to Capitol Reef National Park. The start and end points would be similar to my “Grand Staircase” hike in 2006, but the new route… Continue reading