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Category Archives: Southwest hikes
Up Coyote Gulch: In Through the Crack in the Wall and Out the Scary “Sneaker Route”
I’m clinging to a sandstone fin, a hundred feet above Coyote Gulch. Stuck. Can’t go up, can’t go down, should be able to creep sideways, but that would involve looking down, and I don’t think that’s a good idea. Well. … Continue reading
Travels with my Coffee Cup
My coffee cup has had a good life. And it ain’t done yet.
Posted in Camping, Hiking, Life, Montana, Outdoors, Southwest hikes, Travel Tagged coffee cup adventures, happy coffee cup 14 Comments
Beware the Pesky Glochids and Other Tips from the Desert Southwest
Cacti have spines. I know that. I mean, it’s really pretty obvious. What I didn’t know until too late is that some cacti have really tiny spines: so tiny that you don’t notice them. It would have helped to know … Continue reading
Grand Gulch Below the Narrows: Where to find the Perfect Campsite
This looks like a pretty good fall campsite, don’t you think? Lots of afternoon sun , reflected warmth from the canyon walls during the night, nice clear water in pot holes fifty feet away, and even a cute little … Continue reading
Another Secret Ruin
It doesn’t get much better than spending days wandering the canyons and gulches of Cedar Mesa, looking for rock art and ruins. Sometimes you know exactly what you’re looking for, since many folks have been there before, and the … Continue reading
Sipapu Bridge Hike…and a Secret Ruin
It’s not supposed to be cold and windy in southeastern Utah at the end of April. I’d envisioned clear blue skies, warm sun, and hiking in shorts and short sleeves. What we got was highs in the 40s, and 25 … Continue reading
Evening in Canyonlands
Canyonlands National Park, May 2014 “Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished. — Mary Oliver
Posted in Hiking, Life, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Southwest hikes Tagged Canyonlands, Canyonlands evening light, Canyonlands sunset 18 Comments
Government Trail to the Big Man Pictographs: Grand Gulch, Utah
It’s about a 10 mile roundtrip hike across Cedar Mesa, down into Grand Gulch, and up the gulch to the spectacular Big Man Pictographs. We’ve done it as a day trip, but it’s worth spending as much time as you … Continue reading
Moon House Ruins, Cedar Mesa, Utah
Just being out in nature is usually motivation enough to get me out on a hike, so I know I’d be willing to traipse around the canyons of southeastern Utah even if there weren’t cool ruins and rock art to be … Continue reading
Posted in Adventure, Hiking, Outdoors, Southwest hikes, Travel Tagged Anasazi Ruins, Cedar Mesa hikes, Grand Gulch Primitive Area, Moon House Ruin 11 Comments
What’s The Best Campsite in Natural Bridges National Monument?
I know this has been a burning question for thousands of you out there. Well, fret no more. I have the answer. Campsite Number 4. Here it is: The best part? The view! There are only 13 sites at Natural Bridges, … Continue reading