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Goblin Valley State Park

Goblin Valley is filled with the sandstone figures, looking like toadstools, towers, or, perhaps, goblins. Alternately called hoodoos, the goblins are formed of soft stone and are constantly changing with the erosion of the wind and water.  It’s fun to wander among them or clamber up them, and they make for some pretty cool photos. […]

Capitol Reef National Park

We have not spent much time in Capitol Reef — mostly we’ve just passed through. Still, it is a beautiful area and no doubt rewarding if you have the time. This National Park is only 2 3/4 hours from Bryce Canyon if you drive through Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument, as you should (the […]

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon is another premiere destination, but our time here has always been limited to a driving trip to the various overlooks from which you can see the bulk of the formations.  I’m certain there are rewarding opportunities for hiking in the park, but we have always been more attracted to other destinations. Nonetheless, it […]

Kodachrome Basin State Park

I’ve never been here, but it is quite well known, and probably a great alternative for camping near Bryce Canyon National Park and it’s reportedly worth the side trip, in itself. Read my post on Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument for directions through that monument to Kodachrome. That trip does involve a dirt road. The route […]

Coral Pink Sand Dunes

This is a less-known site, but one of our favorites. The coloration of the sand dunes makes them beautiful and the hot showers in the campground make the stay that much more pleasant.  This is a major destination for ATV enthusiasts.  For those looking for peace and quiet, weekdays are the better bet.  This Utah […]

Zion National Park

Zion is one of the gems of the National Park system (in fact, all six of the National Parks included in this itinerary should be considered among the gems).  The Visitor Center is only about 2 hours and 45 minutes (164 miles) from the center of Las Vegas. During popular times of the year, the […]

Grand Canyon South Rim Side Trip

Las Vegas to Grand Canyon, approximately 4:15 to either the north or south rim of the canyon.  The south rim is the more common destination, and is what I was thinking of as a side trip from Las Vegas, but the north rim is an interesting alternative which fits right into the Southern Utah itinerary. […]

A Southern Utah Itinerary

Introduction (NOTE: This is the first of a series of posts providing a short itinerary for exploring Southern Utah. Over the coming weeks, I will add posts on all the destinations listed below, including maps, directions, photos and details. As I add the new posts, links from this post will go live.) Zion.  Arches. Coral […]

Hiking Monocacy Natural Resource Management Area

Living in the Washington area has a lot of advantages.  One advantage it doesn’t have is easy access to the wilderness I seek out for solitude and relaxation.  The closest really satisfying wilderness for me is Dolly Sods, in West Virginia, but that’s a 3-4 hour drive, so I don’t go often. But there are […]

The Churches of Curahuara de Carangas and Sajama: In and Near Sajama National Park

This is the second of two posts that serve as the “backbone” of my Guide to the Churches of Curahuara de Carangas and Sajama.  This post provides directions to the churches and other sites in and near the Sajama National Park, as well as links to descriptions of each of the sites.  The guide is […]