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.
In my early days of exploring Utah canyon country back in the 1990s, like most people I typically went during spring, summer, and fall. But one winter I found myself with some time off in late December, so on a whim I decided to rent a cabin near Moab and see what the area was like during the quiet season. As luck would have it, I ended up with brilliant sunny weather while I was there. In fact, I have photos of myself hiking to Corona Arch in a long-sleeved shirt—no coat or jacket. I was also pleasantly surprised to […]
When I was a kid back in the early 60s, I was terrified by a scene I saw in an old western movie. I watched a grown man die a slow death by sinking in quicksand. It was a typical Hollywood-style quicksand drama…a cowboy slowly sinks deeper and deeper until he’s blowing sand bubbles, and then the only thing that’s left is his hat. In south Florida, where I grew up, we had alligators, sharks, and hurricanes. But as a six-year-old, I couldn’t imagine anything worse than being swallowed alive by liquid sand. A few weeks ago, I was hiking […]
Utah’s canyon country is a popular summer destination…the kids are out of school, you can camp without freezing your patooties off, and you get to wear those Chaco sandals that have been sitting in your closet all winter. There is one hitch, though—it’s gonna be HOT. And heat can be a dangerous thing in the dry desert Southwest. You can, of course, avoid being outside during the “peak heat” hours. But do you really want to have to get up at the crack of dawn on your vacation? Or sit around in your hotel room waiting for sunset? Here are […]