Around Zion National Park

Zion NP makes a great destination for a quick weekend trip in winter (and not just for people living nearby—Zion is only about a 2.5 hour drive from Las Vegas). Since the main canyon is 800 m deep, some parts of it don’t get much sun in winter. On the other hand, the east side […]

Spiral Jetty

Smithson’s Spiral Jetty is often totally submerged, or else high and dry as it was when I last saw it. Today a favorable lake level as well as warm weather and a feeling of having spent maybe one too many days around the house motivated us to take a day trip. The hazy air and calm water […]

Around Hanksville Utah

Last weekend Sarah had a work trip so the boys and I spent a few days in the desert. The area around Hanksville–a tiny town right in the middle of Utah’s southeast quadrant that got electricity only in 1960–contains a lot of stuff I hadn’t seen yet, so we operated out of a motel there. […]

Capitol Reef Rock Art

Last weekend we spent a day poking around Pleasant Creek Canyon in Capitol Reef National Park, which contains a permanent stream and a lot of rock art. The art was left by the Fremont people, who lived in the area until about 700 years ago; it isn’t clear why they left (or died out) but […]

Trilobite Day Trip

A great thing about kids is they provide an excuse to read a book aloud, make popsicles, spend an afternoon skipping rocks, or hike up a random mountainside to look for fossils. So when Ben—a fountain of knowledge about remote and little-known Utah attractions—recently posted about visiting a trilobite-bearing outcrop of Spence shale in the […]

Anniversary Hike

Sarah and I have been married for 11 years today; we celebrated by going hiking with the kids up at Alta, where our wedding was. Unfortunately, after a couple of hours of great conditions, a cold rain storm reminded us that weather in the mountains can be serious. At least there was no lightning! We […]

Maybird

[nggallery id=55] Over the weekend my friend Derek and I did a short backpacking trip into Maybird Gulch, a minor sub-drainage of Little Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City. Amazingly, on a Friday night our only company was a pack of coyotes (or perhaps this isn’t so amazing—most of Maybird is very steep and/or rocky […]