Tag Archives: Utah
By Michael Lanza
We follow a zigzagging line of stone cairns over waves of slickrock in the backcountry of the Needles District of Utah’s Canyonlands National Park. Cliffs and 300-foot-tall sandstone candlesticks tower around us, in more shades of red than Crayola has yet replicated, glowing in the warm afternoon sunshine of late March. Five adults and four kids from three families, we traverse slabs, scramble in single file up the smooth, dry bottom of a narrow water runnel, and pump out calf muscles walking straight up steep ramps. In the desert Southwest, trails haven’t learned the axiom of Euclidian geometry that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. We’re navigating a maze without walls. Continue reading →
I’ve been a fan of your blog for a while now, and I really enjoy it. I’ve got three boys that range from 16 to six, so finding things to do that all three can enjoy is a bit of a challenge. My wife and I are in the planning stages of a two-week trip next year out West. We’re looking at trip starting right before Memorial Day and then running though the 15th of June. We’re thinking of flying out to Denver and using that as a start/stop point for trips out to Rocky Mountain National Park, Yellowstone, etc. The only concern that I have is that it’s a little early in the year and there’s going to be snow still around, limiting some of our hiking options. Another thought I’d had was to head to Mesa Verde and see that park. Any suggestions about weather or options I’m missing? Continue reading →
We were so enthralled by your story about floating the Green River that we’ve started to make plans for our own trip with another family. I’d like to ask which outfitters you used, and whether you’d use them again. I’d also be interested in your opinion as to whether it’s a better idea to do a jet boat shuttle or use a car relocation service. Finally, I’m deeply interested in your lessons learned on the trip, particularly what you’d do differently. If you were me, what questions should I be asking you, but haven’t? Continue reading →
By Michael Lanza
On a three-family, overnight backpacking trip in The Needles District of Utah’s Canyonlands National Park last spring, we hiked up Big Spring Canyon and partway down Squaw Canyon to this campsite below bands of burnt-red cliffs. As a calm, chilled, clear night descended, I set up my tripod and framed two of our tents lit by headlamps below a sky speckled with the light of natural lamps that had traveled unknown light years to reach us.
Where will you go hiking in 2015? Here’s a little inspiration from the summit of Angels Landing in Utah’s Zion National Park, which I visited last month, a trip I will write about in 2015 at The Big Outside. If you’re looking for ideas, see my All Trips page. Continue reading →