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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 […]

Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument

I’ve traveled near and even through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, but I’ve never had time to really explore it. For that reason, I’ll keep this post short, as a place holder for sometime when I get back. The Monument was declared by President Bill Clinton in 1996 and originally designated an area of some […]

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 […]

Stansbury Island

Utah must be one of the best places on earth for hiking.  That said, there are not so many good options in the north of the state in the winter.  Looking through the book, “60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City: Including Ogden, Provo, and the Uintas,” I saw the recommended winter hike on […]