Slot Canyons to Explore

8 Amazing Slot Canyons to Explore in the American Southwest

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The American Southwest is a playground for hikers, photographers, and adventurers. Fun to explore and extremely photogenic, slot canyons provide a unique hiking experience. We have assembled a short list of some of the best slot canyons in Utah, Arizona, and Nevada. This is not an all-inclusive list, because there are tons of slot canyons in this area, but listed …

Kodachrome Basin State Park

A Quick Visit to Kodachrome Basin State Park

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With colorful sandstone spires, red rock mountains, and bright blue skies, Kodachrome Basin is a gorgeous little spot to explore. Its name, Kodachrome, fits it perfectly, describing the multitude of vivid colors that are found here. Laced with hiking and horseback riding trails, you could spend a few days here. In fact, Kodachrome Basin makes a great, off-the-beaten-path destination to …

Slot Canyon

A Photojourney through Peek-A-Boo Gulch and Spooky Gulch

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If you are looking for a super fun hike to do, put Peek-A-Boo Gulch and Spooky Gulch on your list. Just their names make this hike sound enticing. These slot canyons are located in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument on Hole-in-the-Rock Road. Getting here can be a mini-adventure, driving over 25 miles down a rough, dirt road through dry desert landscapes. And …

Yosemite

Yosemite for First-Timers: Best Hikes, Best Views, & the Best Things to Do

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Yosemite National Park is packed with famous landmarks, awesome hikes, and breathtaking views. If you are planning a trip to Yosemite, how do you know what to do? I am a big fan of lists (and photos!). In this post, I list out the best landmarks to visit, the best views, and best hiking trails in the park. Take a …

Hiking Yosemite

Mist Trail vs. John Muir Trail to Vernal and Nevada Falls

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Hiking to the top of Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls is one of Yosemite’s most popular activities. You have several options to get there and the route you choose will have a big impact on what kind of experience you will have. Two trails wind their way up to these waterfalls, the Mist Trail and the John Muir Trail. So, …

Bryce Canyon National Park

A Perfect Day in Bryce Canyon National Park

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Bryce Canyon National Park…a fantasyland of hoodoos, bizarre rock formations, and sandstone pillars. This is a crazy beautiful place, and its unique landscape sets it apart from other national parks. Although Bryce may not have the same sweeping, expansive vistas as the Grand Canyon, it’s still a breathtaking experience the first time you see this view. What Makes Bryce Canyon …

Queens Garden Hike

Hiking Bryce Canyon: Queens Garden and Navajo Loop Trails

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Bryce Canyon National Park may be small in size but it has an enormous wow factor. With its orange and pink hoodoos and sandstone rock formations, Bryce Canyon is one of the most unique national parks in the United States. By hiking Bryce Canyon and visiting its numerous viewpoints, you can have the best experience here. There are numerous hiking …

Montenegro Itinerary

2 Days in Montenegro: The Bay of Kotor and Beyond

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While planning our itinerary to the Balkan Peninsula, we had a decision to make. Spend several days in northern Croatia, visiting Zagreb and Plitvice Lakes, or go south to Montenegro. After seeing photos of Kotor, Sveti Stefan, and the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro was the winner. And it blew away our expectations. We spent 2 days in Montenegro, just enough …

Hike Yosemite Falls

Hiking to Upper Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Point

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There are a lot of great reasons to hike to the top of Upper Yosemite Falls. From the trail, the views of Yosemite Falls are magnificent. For part of the hike, you are close enough to feel the spray and hear the waterfall thundering down the mountain. Halfway up the climb you get an amazing view of Yosemite Valley, with …

Devils Garden

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Devils Garden in Grand Staircase-Escalante

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Devils Garden is a fun to explore, scenic spot to visit in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. If you have plans to drive down Hole-in-the-Rock Road, here are five reasons why you should visit Devils Garden. #1 This Place is a Beauty! With hoodoos, crazy rock formations, and arches, Devils Garden is a beautiful spot to visit in Utah. #2 It’s …

Half Dome with Kids

Hiking Half Dome in Yosemite, A Step-by-Step Guide

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The hike to Half Dome is one of Yosemite’s most challenging and most memorable hikes. On this hike you get to walk on some of Yosemite’s most popular hiking trails, view the Vernal and Nevada waterfalls, and walk through shady forests of Sequoia trees. But the best part of the trail is the final climb on the Half Dome cables …

Half Dome Yosemite

The Half Dome Permit: How to be One of the Lucky Lottery Winners

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If you have plans to hike to Half Dome, you must have a Half Dome permit. A maximum of 300 permits are awarded per day in a lottery system. Why do you need a permit? Since 2010, the National Park Service has required hikers to have a permit to climb Half Dome. Before 2010, overcrowding on the cables created a …

Half Dome Yosemite

Climbing the Half Dome Cables: A Journey in 18 Photos

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Have you ever wondered what it is like to climb the Half Dome cables? Did you even know that hiking Half Dome was something you could do? I will admit it, just two years ago I saw my first photos of people clinging to the steel cables on Half Dome, climbing one of Yosemite’s most famous icons. Instantly, this hike …

Observation Point Zion

Hiking to Observation Point in Zion National Park

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For jaw-dropping views over Zion National Park, it’s hard to beat Observation Point. The entire hike is a beauty, but it is challenging. At 8 miles long and with 2300 feet of climbing, it is a steady climb to that final viewpoint. This is a classic Zion trail and well worth your time and effort, especially if you want views out over Angels …

Tim on West Rim Trail

How to Day Hike the West Rim Trail in Zion National Park

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The West Rim Trail is a long distance hike through Zion National Park. Starting at Lava Point, the trail slowly descends into the heart of Zion, the views getting better the farther you go. This is a beautiful hike, but it is long and requires some advance planning. With amazing views, very few hikers on the trail, and a chance …

Hiking Zebra Slot Canyon

How to Hike Zebra Slot Canyon in Grand Staircase-Escalante

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Zebra Slot Canyon is a very short slot canyon, named for its striped canyon walls. It’s a gorgeous spot, maybe not quite as pretty as Antelope Canyon in Arizona, but since you can explore this on your own without a guide or tour group, it’s more fun. Hiking Zebra Slot Canyon can be a little tricky. Finding the entrance to …