2021 Spring Adventures: Hovenweep, Bears Ears, & Natural Bridges National Monuments

The Southeast corner of Utah is home to three incredible National Monuments: Hovenweep, Bears Ears, and Natural Bridges. A drive of just 78 miles will take visitors to all three monuments and the ambitious could hit all three in one day—but that would be a travesty. These monuments beg for deeper exploration, particularly Bears Ears …

Utah’s Natural Bridges National Monument (part 2), April 2017

See three massive natural bridges, two arches, numerous Indian ruin & rock art sites, and beautiful canyons on this spectacular loop hike Distance: 9 miles roundtrip (shorter options available) Type: loop Difficulty: moderate Best season: spring and fall After visiting Sipapu and Kachina bridges (see part 1 of this blog), we came to the Owachomo …

Utah’s Natural Bridges National Monument (part 1), April 2017

See three massive natural bridges, two arches, numerous Indian ruin & rock art sites, and beautiful canyons on this spectacular loop hike Distance: 9 miles roundtrip (shorter options available) Type: loop Difficulty: moderate Best season: spring and fall In 1883, Cass Hite explored up White Canyon in search of gold. He didn’t find anything that …

Stormy Day in Utah: Museums, Ruins, and Rock Art, Oct 2013

Our “hiking around the government shutdown” vacation had been going wonderfully.  We had enjoyed near perfect weather for five days of hiking (see previous posts).  Then, on the sixth day, we awoke to the loudest and longest rumble of thunder I think I had ever heard.  It was still pitch black outside our Cortez, Colorado …

SE Utah’s Cedar Mesa: Fallen Roof & Citadel Ruins, Oct 2013

Hikes to two uniquely stunning ruins on Utah’s Cedar Mesa Distance: 2.5 miles round trip to Fallen Roof Ruins, 5.7 miles to Citadel Ruins (about 1.5 miles of that was road walking) Type: both out and back Difficulty: exposed slickrock hiking, especially at Citadel Best season: spring and fall Despite all the obstacles we’d encountered …

SE Utah: Kane Gulch Trail to Grand Gulch, Oct 2013

Hike through a beautiful and rugged Utah canyon to ancient Anasazi Indian ruins Distance: 8.0 miles round trip to Junction Ruin (we did some extra exploring and logged 9.2 miles) Type: out and back Difficulty: moderate with rocky tread and 540′ elevation loss/gain Best season: spring and fall Sometimes even us type A ultra-planers have …