The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is one of the best places on the planet for getting an up-close look at landforms such as arches, natural bridges, slot canyons, and “hoodoo” rock formations. And unlike other popular areas like Moab, Bryce, and Zion, you have a good chance of finding some solitude out on the trail. These four must-do day hikes in Escalante will give you a good introduction to the monument’s unique landscape.
I’ll admit, I’m just not a big fan of chain hotels. Sure, they do the trick—a bed, a shower, etc. But when I have a choice, I’ll always opt for the local lodging options. I prefer smaller places that have a personal touch, and local owners can always steer you to the best restaurants, activities, and places to see. Whether you’re traveling on a shoestring or you’re planning a big “splurge” trip, this list of five local Utah lodging options includes a place that fits just about every budget.
When I’m in Utah canyon country, I’m usually so busy hiking and taking photos that I sometimes skip meals or just have a lunch of trail mix and an apple. But that usually leaves me famished when I finish my hike, and then I’m on the hunt for good coffee and an affordable place to get some tasty lunch. Fortunately, despite the area’s remoteness, you can find some great local eats at prices that won’t break your vacation budget. Here are five of my favorite food stops.
When you think of doing the ultimate road trip through Utah canyon country, the first thing that comes to your mind is—of course—the panoramic overlooks, narrow canyons, and oddly-shaped rock formations. But southern Utah also has some places to see that go beyond just admiring the red rocks. Here are five unique sites in Utah canyon country that will give you a taste of the region’s cultural flavor and colorful history. Fry Canyon Lodge When I first started visiting Utah canyon country back in the late 1990s, I read about Fry Canyon Lodge and kept telling myself I would […]