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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 the hike on Chimney Rock Trail in Capitol Reef is that you will see the highway on the southern part of the loop. Don't let that deter you from hiking this beauty. Chimney Rock…

The Capitol Gorge Hike

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…

A Grand View From Observation Point

Observation Point Zion Hike – Conquer Your Fears

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 in Zion high above me when I was at Scout Lookout so I decided that was the hike to try next. The hike to Observation Point in Zion is 8 miles round-trip. If you're doing it on the heat of the summer…

Nothing But Up On The Scout Lookout Hike But At Least It's Via Switchbacks

Scout Lookout Hike in Zion National Park

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 hike to Scout Lookout. While it's only a four-mile round-trip hike, the hike to Scout Lookout sure packs a lot of punch in its short length. The vertical climb is over 1,000 feet and there are airy views to get your heart racing.…

Walking Along The Spine Towards Landscape Arch

Moab Itinerary Ideas for the Ultimate Visit

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 Moab. Our first visit was in August - for a canoeing trip on the Green River. It was a…

You Could Easily Spend A Day Hiking In Natural Bridges National Monument

Utah Road Trip: Sights Between Moab & Capitol Reef

Anytime is a great time for a Utah road trip though in spring and fall 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 of four did a Utah road trip between Moab and Torrey near the west entrance of…

Exploring The Pothole Point Area

Needles District Canyonlands Day Trip

On our trip one year to Utah in late March (a perfect time of the year to visit), we took one day and drove south from Moab 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. The Needles, named for colourful pinnacles of Cedar Mesa Sandstone, sit in the southeast corner of Canyonlands. With over 60 miles of…

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

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 that the Navajo knobs hike is one of the two must do hikes in Capitol Reef National Park. Navajo Knobs hike details The hike starts by the…

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

Murphy Point Canyonlands Hike, Utah

If you're looking for great scenery and a peaceful, relaxing outing do the Murphy Point Canyonlands hike in the 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 course at…

Hiking In The Devils Garden Arches

Devils Garden Hike in Arches National Park

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 in the world.…

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