A Utah Canyon Country Addict Goes Public


I got my first glimpse of Utah canyon country in the summer of 1995. Having just graduated from college, I decided to celebrate by taking my 10-year old son to see Yellowstone and the national parks of southern Utah. I grew up on the Atlantic coast of Florida, so our family vacations involved either heading to Sanibel Island or Disney World. Southern Utah’s remote wilderness of meandering rivers, deep canyons, and redrock sandstone was like another planet to me, and I could barely wrap my head around the surreal landscape I saw. I was awestruck—and hooked. So hooked, in fact,that […]

3 Short Natural Bridge Hikes

Hickman Bridge

Given their relative rarity, it’s somewhat remarkable that southern Utah has such a large concentration of natural sandstone bridges. In fact, the largest natural bridge in the world—Rainbow Bridge—is here. But many of these bridges are in remote locations only accessible via long hikes, or even by boat. If you’re trying to cover lots of ground on your trip through Utah canyon country, spending an entire day getting to one site often isn’t an option. The three hikes below will each get you to a spectacular natural bridge and back to your car in less than two hours. Escalante Natural […]

Best Scenic Lodging in Utah Canyon Country


There’s something to be said for staying at a place that’s conveniently located close to restaurants, shops, and gas stations. You can park your car at the end of the day and simply walk to dinner. On the other hand, laying your head down at night in a peaceful location where you hear nothing but crickets chirping can be the perfect end to your day in canyon country. These five scenic lodging stops will guarantee you gorgeous red rock views and a dark, starry sky at night. Valley of the Gods Bed and Breakfast You often hear people talk about […]

5 Under-Rated Arches in Arches National Park

Arches National Park has more than 2,000 arches within its boundaries, so there’s no doubt that this park is the pace to see these natural sandstone structures in all shapes and sizes. And while you certainly don’t want to miss the park’s iconic features like Delicate Arch or Landscape Arch, be sure to see these other spectacular—yet often-overlooked—arches.    Broken Arch Lots of people pull into the small parking area to take the short stroll to Sand Dune Arch. But I rarely ever see anyone walk across the flat meadow area out to Broken Arch. It’s only a little over […]

5 Jaw-Dropping Scenic Overlooks

Dead Horse Point

People travel from all over the globe to see the geologic artwork of Utah’s canyon country—layers of red, orange, and brown rocks. Rivers winding through deep, narrow canyons. Sandstone eroded into mushroom-shaped hoodoos and arches that are large enough to fly a plane through. And most visitors are drawn to the area by the photos they’ve seen. Here are five scenic overlooks that will make you thankful you don’t have to buy film for your camera anymore. So, snap away…or better yet, put the camera down for a spell and take in the power of nature through your senses rather […]

5 Great Canyon Country Coffee Shops


A recent lodging trend is that hotels and motels provide free breakfast to their guests, ranging from a full hot buffet to a simple toast and pastries offering. The quality can sometimes be surprisingly good, but the cuppa Joe you’ll get from the big banquet-style coffee urn is often, well, tolerable at best. I’ll admit I’m a bit of a coffee snob, which probably comes partially from the fact that I lived in France for a year in my younger days. Ahhh…the espresso and croissants. Since I’m basically one of those folks who doesn’t start the morning without a cup […]