Wandering among the goblins. September 2018

Rock formation at sunset

Hiking at Goblin Valley State Park is more like wandering around in a valley of strange rock formations — called goblins. There are no established trails in the valley itself, and you’re just free to wander about. This was my third visit to the Utah state park, which is somewhat near Hanksville. It’s southwest of … Read moreWandering among the goblins. September 2018

Capitol Reef National Park — its not just about pie. September 2018

Capitol Reef's castle

If you never get out of the car as you drive across Capitol Reef National Park, you’ll see some fantastic scenery. It’s even better if you do a little hiking. And, of course, it’s best if you stop at Gifford House, just down the road from the visitor center, and get a pie. There’s an … Read moreCapitol Reef National Park — its not just about pie. September 2018

Fairyland Loop Trail – Bryce Canyon National Park – June 2017

Fairyland Loop trail

Bryce Canyon National Park is basically an amphitheater of hoodoos — rock formations shaped by erosion. One way to view the park is on the rim trail that, as the name suggests, goes along the rim of the amphitheater. Most of it is paved. And, most of it is rather heavily used. There are several … Read moreFairyland Loop Trail – Bryce Canyon National Park – June 2017