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’m sure it comes as no surprise to anyone that I love hiking. Without a doubt, the best way to experience southeast Utah is to get out of your car and into the canyons. But for those of you who prefer to experience nature from the safety of your vehicle, or for folks who are looking for the most scenic (or only) way to get from Point A to Point B, here are five scenic drives in Utah canyon country. Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway (SR-128) If you’ve always taken I-70 west all the to the US 191 exit […]
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 […]