Tag Archives: Utah hiking

September 7, 2017 Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

Photo Gallery: My Favorite Hike in Bryce Canyon

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By Michael Lanza

Bryce Canyon’s Navajo Loop/Queens Garden Loop is a popular trail for good reason, with constant views of hoodoos—the multi-colored, limestone, sandstone, and mudstone spires that look like giant, melting candles, including the famous formation called Thor’s Hammer. But once turning onto the Peek-a-Boo Loop, you lose the crowds—and discover the scenic heart of Bryce Canyon while hiking below the Wall of Windows and row after row of towers in fluorescent shades of red and orange.

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November 5, 2015 Above Crack-in-the-Wall, Coyote Gulch, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah.

Great Trip: Backpacking Coyote Gulch in Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

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By Michael Lanza

Whether you’re an expert desert backpacker, taking a first multi-day hike in the Southwest canyon country, or heading out with your family, the three-day hike of Coyote Gulch has everything you’d want in a canyon trip: soaring, redrock canyon walls that go for miles, surprisingly lush greenery, a year-round creek that saves you from having to carry a lot of water, and relatively easy hiking. Little wonder that this tributary canyon of the Escalante River, in southern Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, has earned a reputation as a classic. Continue reading →

April 30, 2014 "Great overlook," second day, Beehive Traverse, Capitol Reef National Park.

The Most Beautiful Hike You’ve Never Heard Of: Crossing Utah’s Capitol Reef

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By Michael Lanza

We enter a steep, claustrophobically narrow gully, looking up at boulders that appear barely glued in place by a mortar of dried mud. Ready to rain sandstone jihad upon us, they send a silent message that we have taken a wrong turn in this unnamed side canyon in the wilds of southern Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park and should retreat—immediately. This seems about as likely to be our route as we are likely to run into a fish plucking a harp out here in the high desert. Continue reading →

January 3, 2014 The "Diving board," Half Dome, Yosemite National Park.

10 Favorite Images From 2013 Adventures

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By Michael Lanza

After plowing through several thousand photos taken over the course of about 15 trips last year, I selected the following 10 that represent, for me, either the essence of each adventure or a moment when light, landscape, and composition came together just right. At this coldest and darkest time of year, kick back for a few minutes and daydream over these possibilities. You’ll find links in a few of the descriptions below to existing stories about these places at The Big Outside, and I’ll eventually post stories with many more photos from all of them. Continue reading →

September 25, 2013 Jacob Hamblin Arch, Coyote Gulch, Utah.

Photo Gallery: Backpacking Utah’s Coyote Gulch

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With soaring, redrock canyon walls that go for miles, surprisingly lush greenery, a year-round creek that saves you from having to carry a lot of water, and relatively easy hiking, it’s little wonder that Coyote Gulch in southern Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has become a classic two- to three-day backpacking trip, and popular with families. Fall and spring are the best times to hike it. Check out this gallery of photos for inspiration. Then read my story about a weeklong family trip spent backpacking Coyote Gulch as well as dayhiking in Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks, with more photos, a video, and info for planning your trip there.

 

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