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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 in Capitol Reef looks like The hike starts with a…

The Capitol Gorge Hike in Capitol Reef National Park

The Capitol Gorge hike in Capitol Reef National Park is a popular one. You can knock it off in an hour if you really want to, ideally late in the afternoon when the light is at its best and the area glows golden. It’s just a two mile round trip hike to the Tanks with an elevation gain and loss of 80 feet. Interestingly the Capitol Gorge route was the main one through the park…

The Reward - A Grand View From Observation Point

Conquer Fears on the Hike to Observation Point in Zion

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 hike in the stunning Zion National Park. This past week we did the Scout Lookout hike. While it's only a four-mile round-trip hike, it sure packs a lot of punch in its short length. The vertical climb is over 1,000 feet and there are airy…

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 View From The Top - Looking Down On The Capitol Reef Visitor Centre

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 Navajo Knobs hike. Over the 9 miles round-trip, 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 Capitol Reef National Park. Details of the hike The hike starts by the Fremont River. It follows the…

The Closer You Get To The Rim The More Spectacular The Scenery

The Hike to Murphy Point Canyonlands National Park

If you're looking for great scenery and a peaceful, relaxing outing do the hike to Murphy Point in Canyonlands National Park, Island in the Sky area. It's all of 1.8 miles one way  to the Murphy Point Overlook - with 150 feet of elevation. Once there the views of the western end of Island in the Sky are superb. Reportedly this is a good hike for the morning when the lighting is good or of…

Hiking In The Devils Garden Arches

The Devils Garden Hike in Arches National Park

Updated January 2020 If there is one must-do hike in Arches National Park, I think it has to be the Devils Garden hike - a loop that includes the Primitive Trail. Over its 7.2 mile length you are treated to the highest concentration of arches in the world - if you include all the spur trails. The Devils Garden hike is truly a breathtaking beauty and one of my picks for top one day hikes…

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