Snow Canyon/Southern Utah Adventure Trip, Feb. 13 - 16, 2009

Red Navajo sandstone, capped by an overlay of black lava rock, makes photography, hiking, biking and camping in Snow Canyon State Park a double treat. Early spring and fall use of the park is especially appealing due to southern Utah's moderate winter climate. Two recent volcanic cones are found near the head of the canyon.

This strikingly colorful canyon is 11 miles northwest of St. George. Facilities include a 35-unit campground, modern rest rooms, hot showers, electric hookups, sewage disposal station, a covered group-use pavilion and overflow camp ground.
Elev: 3200 ft.

Snow Canyon sits at the junction of the Mojave Desert, Great Basin, and Colorado Plateau. The climate is typical of that of a desert climate. In the higher elevations the climate tends to be both dry and cooler. In the lower elevations the climate is also dry, but the temperatures are much warmer.

According to the map from the Ranger station: Created in 1959, Snow Canyon has a long history of human use. Anasazi Indians inhabited the region from AD 200-1250, utilizing the canyon for hunting & gathering. Paiute Indians used the canyon from AD 1200 to the mid- 1800s. "Mormon Pioneers" discovered Snow Canyon in the 1850s while searching for lost cattle. The canyon has been the site of Hollywood films such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Electric Horseman, and Jeremiah Johnson. Originally called Dixie State Park, it was later renamed for Lorenzo and Erastus Snow, "Prominent Pioneering Utah Leaders".


Grand Staircase Escalante Adventure Vacation, April 30 - May 3, 2009

To the right is Willis Creek, a "family friendly" slot canyon in the Grand Staircase Escalante area.
Below is Lower Calf Creek Falls - 126 foot cascade, reached by a 2.75 mile trail - one way

Above is Anazazi State Park, in Boulder, Utah.
In the 1870s, geologist Clarence Dutton described the Grand Staircase as a "huge stairway ascending out of the bottom of the Grand Canyon northward with the cliff edge of each layer forming giant steps." The steps rise 5500' from the floor of the Grand Canyon to the edge of the jagged Paunsaugunt Plateau at Bryce Canyon. The distinct steps are the Vermilion Cliffs, the White Cliffs, the Gray Cliffs and the Pink Cliffs.

Above is Escalante State Park, where we camp. An amazing Petrified Forest hike borders the campsite. Before we visit our favorite slot canyons (Peek a Boo and Spooky) we stop at Devil's Garden down Hole In The Rock Road. Upper and lower Calf Creek Falls are also incredibly beautiful favorite hiking desinations. On our way to Southern Utah, we'll hike in Red Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Kodachrome Basin State Park. The Grand Staircase Escalante area is extremely unique and rare when it comes to outdoor adventure, unlike anything else you'll ever see in other parts of the world. My good friend in Escalante, who works for the BLM and knows this land well, is our guide and helps us explore this amazing, awesome, area in a safe way.

And yes, there is time to soak up the sun and just sleep!


Capitol Reef National Park Adventure Vacation, June 11 - 14, 2009

Fish Lake National Forest Adventure Vacation, July 9 - 12, 2009

Mt. Timpanogos Weekend Vacation, July 30 - Aug. 2, 2009

When you reach the top, you'll be at 11,749 feet above sea level!! It's a 4,389 foot climb in 15 miles RT. You don't have to go all the way but it's one GREAT hike!! It was easier than I thought it would be. I've always been intimidated with hiking this mountain but it's NOT short and steep, rather it's a longer, more comfortable climb. There are many hikes we do that are short and steep but this is not one of them. Everyone should experience Mt. Timpanogos even they want to hike a mile and half to Scout Falls and stop there! It's all gorgeous and spectacular! A "must do" hike every August! The colorful wild flowers are out in force for only a short season so bring a camera and try to capture some of the beauty!

American Fork Canyon just 30 minutes from SLC.
Trekking poles and 2-way radios are invaluable.
If you can't get to Switzerland to hike the Alps this year, go hike Timp!! It's the next best thing and the ONLY hiking trail in Utah that comes the closest to hiking the Alps in Switzerland!!

About Timp: Mt. Timpanogos is 14.8 miles RT to summit, 13 miles RT to saddle, 4,389 ft. to summit, elev. at trailhead is 7,360 ft. Mostly shaded below 8000 ft. Fully exposed to sun above 9500 ft. The trail has plenty of traffic on weekends but hardly any on the weekdays! At least 4 liters of water required. Not that many places to filter water above 8000 ft. Hiking time 6 - 11 hours. Plan to take some time and enjoy the views on the saddle and on the summit. Allow yourself plenty of time to get up AND down. Coming down the mountain can result in injurys if you don't pay attention to the trail since you are more tired and may not be as careful as you were early in the day.

This hike is one EVERYONE should experience - if only for a short 1 hour hike to Scout Falls. Get acquainted with Mt. Timp!! This is the "Grand Daddy of them all" when it comes to hiking trails! No one is required or expected to go to the saddle or summit. Just enjoy this magnificent mountain!


High Uintahs Weekend Vacation, August 27 - 30, 2009

HIGH ELEVATION Vacation!! PLENTY of beautiful, mountain lakes! Nice, cool temperatures! We'll stay above 9,000 ft. while visiting Trial Lake, Mirror Lake, Picturesque Lake, Kamas Lake, Lofty Lake, Reids Meadow, Naturalist Basin, Lilly Lake, Butterfly Lake, etc. Stay Sunday if you like.

Only 90 minutes from SLC.