Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks National Monument

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Cedar Breaks National Monument is located about 45 minutes from where we were staying in Panguitch and there was a hike in the area we wanted to do. Keith and I had actually been to nearby Brian Head Ski Resort in March 2017 and got a peak at the amphitheater.  Since we were close by, we decided to plan an …

Red Canyon, Utah - hiking

Hiking with Lexi in Red Canyon

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It was a Saturday and normally we plan full days out on the weekend, but Keith and I decided Lexi needed some attention… plus I was worn out from a 20 mile bike ride the night before! We had biked in Red Canyon earlier in the trip and had decided to ride another section of the shared use path all …

Fairyland Hike at Bryce Canyon National Park

Fairyland Loop Hike

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We hiked the Figure 8 Combination  the day before and chose the Fairyland Loop next. The hike is 8 miles with a 1716 foot elevation gain. The park guide suggests it’s a 4-5 hour hike and rates it as strenuous. On this hike you will see the Chinese Wall, Tower Bridge and tall hoodoos. This trail is typically less crowded …

Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah

Figure 8 Combination Hike: Our First Hike in Bryce Canyon

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Bryce Canyon National Park is located in southwestern Utah and encompasses over 35,000 acres. It is actually not a canyon, but a giant group of natural amphitheaters. Geological features called hoodoos are what make this park so special. The hoodoos are odd-shaped pillars of rock formed by erosion. Hoodoos can be found on every continent, but Bryce Canyon has the …

Kodachrome Basin State Park

Panorama Trail at Kodachrome Basin State Park

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Our evening at Kodachrome was so impressive that Keith and I rushed back for more!  Read our previous post, Kodachrome Basin State Park, for more information. The views are beyond gorgeous and we felt like we found a real hidden gem.  Immediately we knew we wanted to explore more of this park.  Lexi was worn out from being with us the …

Kodachrome Basin State Park

Kodachrome Basin State Park

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Kodachrome Basin State Park is located 12 miles south of Highway 12 and 20 miles southeast of Bryce Canyon National Park. If you are visiting Bryce I highly recommend visiting this park and nearby Grosvenor Arch. Kodachrome features nearly 70 monolithic spires, ranging from 6 – 170 feet in height. From the park guide, “Kodachrome Basin is a spectacle of …

rappelling Fry Canyon

Fry Canyon Excursion

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Before moving to Utah I had never really heard of canyoneering. I could take a good guess, but didn’t know for sure what it involved. Canyoneering is defined as traveling in canyons using a variety of outdoor techniques. This may include walking, climbing, jumping, rappelling, swimming, stemming (spider climb), etc. Sounds like an adventure to me! While exploring our options …

Hiking Honaker Trail After a Day Off

Hiking Honaker Trail After a Day Off

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One week into the trip and we had already been super busy. Keith and I were getting acclimated to our “new home and community.” We had visited some amazing sites and were looking forward to so much more. Despite our long wish list for days out we needed some down time! We have since developed a system that works well …