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Chris Brooks

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I forgot to mention we spent Monday afternoon at the nearby Red Canyon district of the Dixie National Forest. We expected some second rate trails but were blown away by the castle wall and buckhorn trails. This area doesn’t get a lot of hiker attention because of nearby Bryce but is well worth it. Some …

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We made good time getting to Zion, and after all the warnings of crowds we were surprised with a painless parking and tour bus experience. I think late April might be a sweet spot for these parks — after spring break but before May crowds. Today we hiked all the Emerald Pools plus Grotto trail, …

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We woke up this morning to snow on the ground and 24 deg F temperatures at 6:15am. Didn’t stop us from enjoying a clear sunrise at Sunrise Point. Within five minutes of our return to camp the snow started falling hard and the skies locked up in grey. We are now driving to our final …

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Weather is colder and blustery this morning but we took a scenic drive to the south end of Bryce and worked our way back north. Some day I’d like to backpack the Under the Rim Trail. The post Bryce Amphithe

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One of a few nice shots I got today during my first ever visit to Bryce Canyon National Park. Weather is turning cold and windy but we had some clearish skies for our figure 8 loop down through the amphitheatre. We are camping here and enjoying our first campfire of the trip. Seems like the …

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After climbing up to see the hundred hands pictographs Julie and I took a nice cool stroll along and in the Escalante River. The post Strolling Through the Escalante River appeared first on

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Julie and I ventured off on our own and did a secluded slot canyon off Hole-in-the-rock road. Not terribly technically challenging but super narrow. Plus the hike in was fun with beautiful slick rock and iron balls. The post

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Yesterday we hired a guide for some training and exploration of the magnificent slot canyons of the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument. We hiked the Round Valley Draw yesterday and will explore some more on our own today. The post

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2018-04-10 We believe these are a collared lizard and a spiny lizard. 2018-04-11 The amphibian might be a spade foot toad, and the beautiful cactus is a claretcup (Echinocereus triglochidiatus) in full bloom. The post

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Tuesday through Thursday this week we dropped into Halls Creek canyon along the Capitol Reed water pocket Fold. We hiked in the first day to setup camp, then hiked the narrows on day two. An oasis in the desert. The post

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We started our exploration of Capitol Reef National Park with a vertical climb to get the lay of the land. The park is named after two distinct features: a rock hill that looks like a state capitol dome, and a 100 mile long fold in the land that creates a barrier like a reef. I’ll …

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Before exploring the park proper we made a stop at sunset point on our way back from dinner in Torrey. We are excited to spend the next day hiking and wandering around the park. The post Sunset at Capitol Reef N

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While hanging around Hanksville and Goblin Valley, Julie and I kept hearing about a fun and easy slot canyon nearby. So we delayed our exploration of Capitol Reef for a day and hiked the 8 mile loop including Bell Canyon. It was a great hike though the water was over our knees at a few …

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We did a quick dash through Natural Bridges National Monument and hiked to a couple of the bridges. This was a convenient stop on our drive from Cedar Mesa to Capitol Reef. Bridges are like arches but they are formed by and over rivers vs. more gradual erosion. The post

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Our final ruin while backpacking was “Perfect Kiva”, so named because of its pristine condition. Note also the grooves in the rocks from grinding corn. This is sandstone so the resulting cornmeal would be laden with grit. Combine that with the high sugar content of corn and you can see why the people had major …

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One of the artistic highlights was the wide spread of wall pictographs at the Green Mask ruin (can you guess how it got the name?). The more abstract pictographs are likely ancient, possibly 7,000+ years old. The post

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It’s hard to relate just how high we had to climb and scramble to reach these “unlisted” ruins. We estimated we were about 500 feet above the canyon floor after climbing slickrock and searching for a way up. The payoff was high though the upper tier of ruins were still inaccessible. The post

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This is the first ruin we explored, at the intersection of Kane and Grand Gulches. The post Grand Gulch: Junction Ruins appeared first on Chris Brooks.

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2018-04-03 This was day one as we departed from Kane Gulch ranger station to descend Kane Gulch to Grand Gulch. Already we are amazed with the Puebloan ruins. I’ll have another post about this shortly. 2018-04-04 Here’s a glimpse of some ruins along with our amazing night 2 camping spot near Green Mask in Sheik ̷

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We had some fun driving around Southeastern Utah today. The post Monument Valley: John Wayne And Forest Gump appeared first on Chris Brooks.

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The photos speak for themselves. We were hiking at sunrise but unfortunately there were some clouds which stole some of the golden hour light. The post Canyonlands Needles District: Landscapes appeared firs

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Today Julie and I hiked about 15 miles in the rugged Needles District of Canyonlands N.P. I’ll share some landscape photos next, for now enjoy these humans. It was a grind but well worth it. We combined the Chesler Park loop with a visit to Druid Arch. The post

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2018-03-31 This fellow was very tame and almost encouraged us to come closer. We saw him during some short hikes first day in the Needles District. 2018-04-01 Julie spotted the small rattler and I spotted the butterfly. The post

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We spent Friday afternoon at the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park. Similar to Dead Horse (they are situated in the same side of the same canyon), though it is larger and had a few distinct features. We hiked up a butte to a hidden granary suspected to be 1,000 years old. …

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We’ve been stepping up our desert plant identification but remain infatuated with the ultra common desert juniper. We love the gnarled roots and trunks, and as you see in the photo they are able to shut off parts if their branch system as a survival tactic. The berries aren’t — those are the cones wrapped …

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We arrived at the Utah State Park Dead Horse Point before sunrise to hike the east then west rim of this spectacular mesa peninsula. This park is sandwiched between Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and holds it’s own very well. Oh, and you should Google “Thelma Louise Dead Horse”. The post

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Thursday night Julie and I took the Crosstrek out on the 4×4 road that connects our campground to the Arches NP and came across an exciting find: preserved dinsoaur tracks! The tracks were made by Therapod dinosaurs over 165 million years ago. The post

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We started our Thursday with a pre-sunset arrival at the Devil’s Garden parking area for breakfast and coffee. This would be a longer hike and we wanted to experience it in the cool morning air. There were maybe 10 other intrepid souls ready to do the same. The arch you see is Landscape Arch, one …

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We took a near-sunset hike to the northwest corner of Arches for a 3.5 mile hike to Tower Arch and the Marching Men. We loved the solitude on this walk and the gradually shifting colors. The post Tower Arch And Marching Me

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This was the first arch hike we did, about 3.5 miles round-trip. Fairly crowded but we did a side hike for a better view with a big payoff. The post Delicate Arch appeared first on Chr

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