Aztec Butte in Canyonlands National Park

With only a half day to explore the Island of the Sky District at Canyonlands National Park, I opted to check out a few of the shorter day hiking opportunities, including the hike to Aztec Butte. The Aztec Butte trailhead is located on the road to … [Read more...]

“My Zion” ~ A Poem

The reasons are many and personal, but Zion National Park is my favorite of the many parks I have visited. Its beauty is well known and though I have walked many of its trails, there seems to always be something new to discover. It is there that I … [Read more...]

A Window into Arches National Park

My recent trip to Arches National Park was my first visit ever to this park and I really had no idea what to expect.  Of course I had seen many pictures from Arches and had a copy of the map of the park, but that doesn't really tell you much. We … [Read more...]

Victory at Capitol Reef

We emerged from Spring Canyon at Capitol Reef victorious; we had successfully thru-hiked the entire canyon over the weekend. But this was no average weekend, this was a weekend in the dead of winter. Three days earlier the park ranger thought we … [Read more...]

Sunrise at Arches

I make it a habit to get up for at least one sunrise when traveling - especially in National Parks. After tweaking my hand and having to ditch a climbing trip last January my fiance and I rerouted our travels to Moab, UT where they were experiencing … [Read more...]

Pausing for Druid Arch

I'm not a photographer. I'm not someone that makes a habit of stopping on the trail. I'm a hiker. I'm a hiker that doesn't stop. The more I hike, the more miles I get in. The more miles I get in, the more I see. The more I see, the more I … [Read more...]

The Primitive Trail at Devil’s Garden

I expected to do the full loop, including the Primitive Trail, when we talked about hiking Devil's Garden in Arches National Park.  However, the fact that I was just recovering from a knee injury and the trail is listed as "strenuous" meant we'd have … [Read more...]

Lunch at Double O Arch in Devil’s Garden

Double O Arch is 2.1 miles in (direct route) on Devil's Garden Trail in Arches National Park.  You can hike further to the Dark Angel (the dark rock tower seen in the distance) and an another mile to your hike (round-trip).  The alternate Primitive … [Read more...]

Danger at Landscape Arch

One of the coolest thing about the Arch formations at Arches National Park is the accessibility.  For the most part, the trail takes you right up to, or through, the arch and allows you to really interact with the formations.  There is something … [Read more...]

Awed by Arches

As a flatlander from Philadelphia, where the steepest thing probably is a sidewalk curb, I was quite unprepared for the amazing rock formations in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. These sandstone monoliths just seem to spring out of nowhere, … [Read more...]