Visiting Goblin Valley State Park

Hoodoos, hoodoos, & more hoodoos. There is a place where you can walk freely amongst thousands of towering rock pinnacles. You might think that I am writing about the hoodoo-laden Bryce Canyon and that would be a good guess, but not the subject of this post. While Bryce has thousands of hoodoos only a select few…

Backpacking The Enchantments – Day 3

Backpacking The Enchantments in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness is a remarkably beautiful, but gruelingly difficult journey. The landscape is heavenly with gorgeous alpine lakes and jagged mountain peaks, not to mention the wonderful wildlife. Those who explore this remote area of Washington State find that neither the beauty of this place nor the challenge of…

Exploring The Enchantments Core Zone – Day 2

A journey on Washington State’s most iconic backpacking trail, called The Enchantments, is like stepping into paradise. Getting a permit for The Enchantments and climbing Aasgard Pass are both nearly overwhelming challenges but once you are inside the Core Zone you will not want to leave. It is a mountainous landscape full of gorgeous alpine…

Hiking Aasgard Pass to The Enchantments – Day 1

A journey through The Enchantments is remarkable and beautiful, but a grueling challenge. It is full of gorgeous alpine lakes with mountain top scenery as well as wonderful wildlife. It is an adventure where the beauty and the challenge of the trail simultaneously cannot be overstated. One of the biggest challenges is found when hiking…

Guide to The Enchantments, Alpine Lakes Wilderness

There is a place where jagged snow-covered peaks melt into reflective turquoise blue waters and where mountain goats will literally walk directly up to those who dare venture into their home turf. Sound enchanting? Well, that’s because it is, literally. This magical place is known as The Enchantments and it is consistently thought of as…

Hiking Natural Bridges National Monument

Natural Bridges National Monument has a scenic drive that allows for some aerial views of some of the largest natural bridges in the world. But to really experience these massive rock formations you will need to venture into the remote desert canyons. Visitors are able to hike directly underneath all the natural bridges but the…

Visiting Natural Bridges National Monument Guide

In 1908 with the stroke of a pen and an “I so declare it,” President Theodore Roosevelt signed Utah’s first National Monument and the state’s first park into existence. Was it one of Utah’s big 5? Nope. It was the little known and seldom visited Natural Bridges National Monument. The remote location of this natural…

Visiting Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park is arguably the most beautiful National Park amongst Utah’s big five. That is of course a loaded statement as Zion and Arches National Parks often make the top of the list for the best parks in the world. Regardless of where it ranks, visiting Bryce Canyon should be a priority for…

Hiking Pinnacles National Park

The only way to fully experience this ancient volcanic landscape is by hiking Pinnacles National Park. While the park’s official hiking map lists 13 hiking trails I would say that they can be boiled down to four loops and one out-n-back trail. I refer to these five hiking trails as the small loop, the medium…