Monday, December 10, 2018

Lodging Review: Circle D Motel, Escalante

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Lodging Review: Circle D Hotel, Escalante , Utah
 Circle D Motel is located in the heart of Escalante, Utah - an outdoor lovers paradise for hiking to slot canyons, canyoneering, backpacking, and exploring natural arches off Hole in the Rock Road. The area is rich with history and beautiful scenery, which is apart of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM). My dog and I come here to explore the trails, but sometimes it's too cold for camping, especially in winter. That's when we call up Circle D to make sure we have a warm, welcoming room when we arrive tired and dirty from exploring outside.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Hiking to Deer Creek Lakes, Boulder Mountain

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Hiking to Deer Creek Lakes, Boulder Mountain, Hiking on Boulder Mountain, Utah
Deer Creek Lakes sits high on Boulder Mountain at 10,000 ft, and several other nearby lakes are accessible as well including Green, Chriss, and Mooseman Lakes. All of these lakes provide for an excellent day hike, quick overnight backpacking trip, and plenty of fishing and sightseeing. The trail to get to Deer Lake is only 2.8 miles one way, and is fairly easy and flat. Over the 3 miles you only gain about 700 ft, making it a gently incline the whole way. Keep in mind that you will be hiking at a high elevation, and that can often slow hikers and dogs down. Take your time - the views from Deer Lakes is amazing and well worth the effort.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Cedar Wash Arch & Covered Wagon Arch, Escalante

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Cedar Wash Arch & Covered Wagon Arch, Escalante

Cedar Wash Arch & Covered Wagon Arch are in Escalante, Utah, off Hole in the Rock Road. Each are very short in distance making this perfect for little kids, families, and dogs. Combine these arches with other hikes in the area to make a day of it. This isn't really a "hike", but rather a quick walk. Visiting both will only take about 30 minutes combined, plus the drive.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Hiking to The Citadel Ruins, Cedar Mesa

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Hiking to The Citadel Ruins, Cedar Mesa, Ruins in Utah, Bears Ears National Monument
The Citadel Ruins sit high above Road Canyon in Cedar Mesa & Bears Ears National Monument. This easy 2 mile trail leads you to one of the most impressive and well-preserved ruins in the area, that both dogs and kids can hike to as well. A citadel is a fortress that commands a city and used in defense during an attack. It leaves you to wonder, what could the Puebloan's have possibly been trying to defend themselves from? Other Native Americans? These ruins are close to 800 years old, and we'll never really know the answer to this, nor the reason the inhabitants disappeared.