• Utah

    Hiking the Zion Canyon Overlook Trail for a Jaw-Dropping View

    The Zion Canyon Overlook Trail is a popular trail in Zion National Park. It’s a short 1-mile hike with a minimal elevation gain, offering spectacular scenery along the way and a jaw-dropping view at the end. It’s located near the Park’s east entrance, at the end of the famous Zion tunnel. Hiking this trail was one of the many highlights of our trip to Zion National Park. Let me show…

  • Travel Musings,  Utah

    Highlights of Utah’s Mighty 5 National Parks

    Spread across the southern half of Utah, sit 5 incredible National Parks. They are beautiful, they are popular, and they have been named Utah’s Mighty 5. Southern Utah is a geologic wonderland and these 5 Parks show off Utah at its very best. On the popular AllTrails.com hiking site, all 5 are ranked in the Top 20 – with three in the Top 5. And four of them were among…

  • Utah

    The Scenic Drives of Majestic Zion National Park

    Zion National Park is Utah’s most popular National Park.  In fact, it was the third most-visited National Park in the US last year with 3.6 million visitors.  The popular hiking website AllTrails.com ranks it as the single best National Park in the US.  Zion is famous for it towering sandstone peaks and canyons, and its well-known hikes such as The Narrows and Angels Landing.  If asked to describe Zion in a…

  • Utah

    Snow Canyon State Park – Hiking Petrified Dunes and Exploring Lava Tubes

    Snow Canyon is an incredibly scenic State Park in Utah’s southwest corner.  It’s located just north of St. George, the area’s largest city, and offers some great hiking opportunities. I’ve been to St. George many times.  Due to its warm climate, this is where many Northern Utahns go for a reprieve from winter.  My Dad grew up in the nearby town of Hurricane. So as a kid, we would visit…

  • Food,  Utah

    Red Iguana – My Favorite Salt Lake City Restaurant

    Regular readers know that I enjoy great food. And I always make it a point to share great food finds from along my journeys in this blog. But what about when I’m at home? There are a lot of great places to eat in Salt Lake City, but for me, one stands out above the rest. Red Iguana. Red Iguana is a Salt Lake City eating institution. It’s also a…

  • Utah

    2 Great Days in Moab – Arches, Canyonlands, and Dead Horse Point

    Growing up, my family spent almost every Spring Break camping in and around Arches National Park near Moab Utah.  We had a truck bed camper and we would go with several neighborhood families – all with kids our age.  I fondly remember camping in Devil’s Garden and spending entire days with my brothers and neighbor friends exploring the spectacular red rock formations. Back then, it felt like we had Arches entirely…