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A Hike on the Chimney Rock Trail, Capitol Reef National Park

If you're looking for a short, easy hike in Capitol Reef National Park that delivers a landscape of red sandstone and badlands scenery choose the Chimney Rock trail.  You'll find the trailhead just off Highway 24. The only unfortunate thing with this hike is that you will see the highway on the southern part of the loop. What the hike on the Chimney Rock Trail looks like The hike starts with a walk through the…

Conquer Your Fear of Heights on the Hike to Observation Point

This is another post from my daughter Kristen McAdam. She takes you on a sometimes harrowing hike to Observation Point in Zion National Park. My fitness is improving while I spend time at the LifeStyle Fitness Camp in Utah so I decided it was worth trying a hike that’s a bit tougher. I had seen Observation Point high above me when I was at Scout Lookout so I decided that was the hike to try…

The Hike to Scout Lookout in Zion National Park

This guest post has been written by my daughter, Kristen McAdam.  I decided to head down to Utah to participate in Lifestyle Fitness Camp. Once a week we head out to the stunning Zion National Park. This past Friday we did a hike called Scout Lookout. While only a four-mile roundtrip hike, the hike packs a lot of punch in its short length. After an easy, flat beginning on sandy ground, the trail turns to concrete and…

The Ultimate Itinerary for a Visit to Moab, Utah

I've lost track of how many times I've visited Moab. It's one of my favourite places - not because the town is anything special; rather, it's centrally located in an area of extreme beauty and within a short distance of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. I think spring or fall are the best times to visit. Our first visit was in August - for a canoeing trip on the Green River. It was a big…

Utah Road Trip: A Scenic Drive From Moab to Capitol Reef

March is a great time for a Utah road trip. Temperatures are comfortable; warm during the day and cool enough at night that you need a sweater. And the crowds haven't arrived yet so it's a perfect time to visit some of the most beautiful national parks in the United States.  Our group did a road trip between Moab and Torrey, Utah. We stayed in both towns for four nights and used them as a…

Photo Essay: Needles District, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

On our trip in late March to Utah we took one day and drove south to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. The area is far less busy than the Island in the Sky part of Canyonlands, yet it's equally beautiful. With over 60 miles of trails - covering all levels of difficulty, you'll easily find plenty to do in a day. I wish we'd had more time. Apart from a stop at the Newspaper Rock…

The Navajo Knobs Hike in Capitol Reef National Park

For a moderate three to five hour outing in Capitol Reef National Park you would do well to choose the hike to Navajo Knobs. Over the 9 mile round-trip hike you gain and lose 1,500 feet. In the book Hiking from Here to WOW by Kathy and Craig Copeland, they suggest it's one of the two must do hikes in the park. The hike starts by the Fremont River. It follows the same trail as the hike to Hickman…

The Murphy Point Hike in the Islands in the Sky Area, Canyonlands NP

We were looking for an easy hike with great scenery in the Islands-in-the-Sky area of Canyonlands National Park and hit upon the 1.8 mile one way hike to the Murphy Point Overlook. I have a tendency to choose longer, harder hikes but sometimes that's not the right choice. This was one of those times. We'd already checked out the short 1.0 mile loop hike around the famous Mesa Arch so this was a good place…

The Devil’s Garden – Primitive Trail Hike in Arches National Park

If there is one must-do hike in Arches National Park, I think it has to be the Devil's Garden Loop hike that includes the Primitive Trail. Over its 7.2 mile length, if you include all the spur trails, you are treated to the highest concentration of arches in the world. Where is the trailhead for the Devil's Garden Hike? The trailhead for this hike is located at the end of the main road. It can…

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