Hike Guide: The Upper Paria

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

Hike Guide: Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

approx 3 miles round-trip Yellow Rock is an interesting geologic formation that sits atop the reef called the Cockscomb in the southern portion of Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument. Though there is no official trail, a fairly-well-worn route zig-zags about a mile up a gully to the massive outcrop of sandstone. The … Continue reading

VIDEO: Grand Staircase/Escalante Hike 2006

Golden Cathedral

Here’s a throw-back video from my first “big hike” in southern Utah. The 25-day trek took me across one of the longest “pavement free” stretches in the US; approximately from east of Zion to Capitol Reef National Park. Fairly new to long-distance hiking and cross-country travel, I carried WAY too … Continue reading