Zion National Park

Zion — it was amazing! Most likely our favorite national park yet. From towering canyons to gorgeous grottos and legendary scenery, it’s not surprising why the first settlers saw it as a sanctuary in the Utah wilderness. To drive into the park we braved the 13’ Zion Tunnel with our 12’ 6” […]

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A Snowy Canyon Adventure

We set out from Capitol Reef with great anticipation, as 1-3” of snow was expected in Bryce Canyon by evening. Which we were excited for, assuming we arrived in camp before the flakes found their way down. Thankfully, we made it just in time as the leveling jacks had just […]

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Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef National Park is a small but wonderfully interesting place in between Canyonlands and Bryce Canyon. The slightly misleading nautical name comes from the white dome shaped rocks (that look like the domes of capitol buildings) and the reef, or Waterpocket Fold—a rocky spine extending from Thousand Lake Mountain to Lake Powell. What makes the park […]

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Canyonlands: Island in the Sky

What Arches National Park has in natural arches, Canyonlands has in (surprise) canyons. Despite being only 45 minute drive from Arches, Canyonlands was a different world.  Our home base for Canyonlands exploration was Dead Horse Point State Park, which was a very remote but recently refurbished park that deserved a […]

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Under the Arches

Arches was a particularly special park for two reasons, 1) its unique beauty, unlike anything we’ve ever seen and 2) “Papa” (Matt’s dad) met up with us for a visit while he was near the area. So, the few days he spent with us made our hikes, explorations and evenings all the more […]

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Rock Crawling Moab

After spending just a few minutes in Moab, it’s easy to tell that off roading is a big deal. With untold number of lifted Jeeps and ATVs cruising around in town alone, we decided to live like the locals and rented an ATV for the morning. Since we’re not local, […]

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States of Togetherness

On the way to Moab we realized the Four Corners Monument (where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet) was fairly close by and made an on the road decision to go for it. But we really had to go for it, as they allow the last car in at […]

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Walking in a Desktop Wallpaper

The wallpaper on our MAC computer is of a gorgeous twist in a slot canyon assumed to be in some far off exotic country that would take days of hiking to reach – a “yeah, maybe someday” kind of place.  To our great surprise, it’s actually a picture within Lower […]

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The Majestic Horseshoe Bend

Headed out of Grand Canyon National Park en route to Moab, UT, we decided to roll along a highway hugging the mountainside to make an impromptu stop at Horseshoe Bend, a famous “horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River.” It’s a relatively easy 3/4 mile hike to an awe-inspiring view of the 1,000-foot drop and […]

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Grand Explorers

With a good overview of the Grand Canyon under our belts, we spent the next week exploring as much as possible. “Theo” was parked just off a rarely used forest service road, minutes from the park entrance (thank you Campendium for guiding us to so many beautiful, remote locations lately). After each […]

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