Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

Exploring the Needles – Canyonlands National Park, Utah (part I)

Eleven years ago I set foot in Canyonlands for the first time, a stop on our annual family summer national parks road trip. We spent a full day in the park, seeing as much as we could. But we knew we’d barely scratched the surface. This time around, I was determined to see more of… Continue reading Exploring the Needles – Canyonlands National Park, Utah (part I)

Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

Iconic Utah – Hiking to Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch is inarguably the most iconic sight in all of Utah. It’s on the license plate, the state quarter, signs all over the state, and numerous other things. But none of these can prepare you for the majesty of the arch itself. The first time I saw it 11 years ago, I was completely… Continue reading Iconic Utah – Hiking to Delicate Arch

Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

Staying Cool in the Fiery Furnace – Arches National Park, Utah

When my family and I visited Arches National Park many years back, we didn’t know that you have to reserve tickets for the Fiery Furnace ranger led hike ahead of time. Like… way ahead of time. This hike generally sells out months in advance. So when we decided to visit Arches last July as destination… Continue reading Staying Cool in the Fiery Furnace – Arches National Park, Utah

About me, Colorado, Lists, Travels

A Year in Review: #52HikeChallenge 2019

Historically, I've wrapped up each year with a summary of our annual highlights. I'm going to do the same this year, but with a little twist. In 2019, for the first time ever, I participated in the 52 Hike Challenge. This is exactly what it sounds like: the challenge of completing 52 hikes in 52… Continue reading A Year in Review: #52HikeChallenge 2019

Southwestern US, Travels

Left Foot New Mexico – Four Corners Monument

If you’ve been following me for a while, you may remember our failed attempt to visit Four Corners Monument (and if not, you can read about it here). Well as it happened, we found ourselves in the area once again the very next summer, on our way from Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah to Carlsbad… Continue reading Left Foot New Mexico – Four Corners Monument

Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

Bridge Over No Water – Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah

After my wonderful escapades in the Canadian Rockies, I was back home in Montana for about 2 weeks – long enough to catch up on real life and attend the wedding of two friends – before I was off again. It was time for Family Roadtrip 2011! This year was a little different, though. My… Continue reading Bridge Over No Water – Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah

Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

Spectacular Speleothems – Timpanogos Cave National Monument, Utah

Because the drive from Grand Junction home to MT would have made for a very long day, we broke it into two days with a stop just south of Salt Lake City at American Fork Canyon in the Wasatch Mountains. I don’t recall where we camped, but I do recall that American Fork Canyon was… Continue reading Spectacular Speleothems – Timpanogos Cave National Monument, Utah

Southwestern US, Travels

The place where 4 states don’t quite meet

After Canyonlands National Park, our next destination was Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado. The two parks are only about 3 hours apart by car, but we drove at least an hour out of our way (through the absolute middle of nowhere) for the sole purpose of visiting Four Corners Monument. Here, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and… Continue reading The place where 4 states don’t quite meet

Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

Sand, Sand, and More Sand – Arches National Park, Utah (part III)

For day #2 in Utah, we headed back into Arches to explore the other half of the park. We followed the main road all the way to the end this time, to the Devils Garden campground, picnic area, and trailhead. Just before the picnic area is a short trail to Skyline Arch. Devil’s Garden is… Continue reading Sand, Sand, and More Sand – Arches National Park, Utah (part III)

Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

The Power of Wind – Arches National Park, Utah (Part I)

Rocks are weird. And also very cool. It’s amazing to me how rocks can be arranged in such a way that differences in resistance to erosion result in the formation of such incredible geological features. Exhibit A: Arches National Park, where giant sandstone arches have formed as a result of thousands of years of exposure to water… Continue reading The Power of Wind – Arches National Park, Utah (Part I)