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.
With 2.6 million visitors in 2017, Bryce Canyon National Park ranks among the most popular national parks in the United States. What many people don’t realize, however, is that there are some other spectacular places just a short drive from the park. Next time you’re in the Bryce area check out these four hikes, including one that’s officially in Bryce Canyon but outside the main park entrance, one in a national monument, and one in a state park.
I got my first glimpse of Utah canyon country right after graduating from college. With my hard-earned bachelor’s degree in hand, I decided to celebrate by heading out west with 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 Gulf Coast beaches or Disney World. Southern Utah’s remote wilderness of meandering rivers, deep canyons, and redrock sandstone was like another planet to me, and I was awestruck by the surreal landscape I saw. I was hooked, and one year after […]
This month we have a guest post from canyoneering guide and instructor Jared Hillhouse. Jared runs North Wash Outfitters, an adventure guide service based in Blanding, Utah. He also works with San Juan County Search and Rescue as lead instructor and ropes team commander. When it comes to exploring Utah slot canyons, Jared “knows the ropes”—literally. Below, he tells us about some of his favorite slot canyon trips in Utah canyon country. ************************************* by Jared Hillhouse I grew up a Utah boy, living in the mountains of the Wasatch Front where I fell in love with hiking, camping, and fishing. […]