Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hiking to the Pine Hollow Overlook

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Hiking to the Pine Hollow Overlook, American Fork Canyon
The Pine Hollow Overlook is in American Fork Canyon, and provides an amazing view of the North side of the Timpanogos basin. It's a perfect hike in Fall because you pass several meadows and Aspen groves that showcase their Fall colors, plus the temperatues are cooler. There are several access points for the overlook - the official Pine Hollow Trailhead, Tibble Fork Reservoir (the longest route), the Salamander Flat Campground, the Summit Trailhead, or how I did this, was via the Alpine Loop Road.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Hiking the Horse Flat Trail, American Fork Canyon

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Hiking the Horse Flat Trail, American Fork Canyon
The Horse Flat Trail in American Fork Canyon starts from the Summit Trailhead, and passes through several meadows, large Aspen groves, and shaded areas before finally reaching the overlook. This trail is really well shaded, and is perfect during Fall when all the Aspen trees are changing colors. Temperatures are also cooler in Fall - when the valley can be in the 60s, the top of the Alpine Loop Road can be in the 40s. Keep in mind that the Alpine Loop Road is only open during from late June to the end of October, or whenever the first snow arrives. This trail is great for dogs off leash, and even kids can hike this route.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Hiking My First 14er - Handies Peak, Colorado

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Hiking to Handies Peak, Colorado
Handies Peak (14, 048 ft) is located near Silverton, Colorado and just happened to be my first "14er" I've summited! If you aren't familiar with that term, it just means you've hiked a peak that is over 14,000 ft in elevation. There are 96 "14ers" in the US, and Colorado has the most at 57! One down, 56 to go!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Hiking to Ice Lakes Basin, Colorado

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Hiking to Ice Lakes Basin, Colorado
Ice Lakes Basin is located near Silverton, CO, a mecca of hiking, backpacking, and camping! Ice Lakes Basin sits at an elevation of 12,500 ft, and the trail begins at 9,900 ft. Because of this, some people get elevation sickness or have a hard time breathing on this hike, especially since it's somewhat steep the entire way. This popular hike offers several lakes, stream crossing, peak viewing, and gorgeous overlooks that can't be beat. 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

6 Tips to Keep Your Dog Warm while Camping

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6 Tips to Keep Your Dog Warm while Camping
Camping & backpacking with dogs is really enjoyable, but the fun can be ruined if your furry pal is shivering and can't stay warm. Here in Utah, the temperatures can be 90F during the day and drop as low as 30F in the desert, even in the Summer. It doesn't matter if you decided to camp in Moab or in the High Uintas, always be prepared for cold weather camping with your dog, especially since the weather can change so quickly here. After camping and backpacking for 5 years with Charlie, one of the top questions I get is how I keep Charlie warm. Here are my 6 Tips to Keep Your Dog Warm while Camping!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Hiking The Narrows, Zion National Park

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Hiking The Narrows, Zion National Park
The Narrows in Zion National Park is a must-do hike for any hiker looking to experience a slot canyon, hiking through water, and see gorgeous views that Zion is known for. You will not, however, have solitude as The Narrows is one of the most popular hikes in the Southwest, and especially in Utah. As the name "Narrows" implies, it's the narrowest canyon in Zion Canyon at only 20 feet wide and canyon walls over 1,000 ft high. This all time classic hike should not be missed on your trip to Zion!

Friday, August 25, 2017

How to Get your Dog Ready for Their First Backpacking Trip!

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How to Get your Dog Ready for Their First Backpacking Trip!
Backpacking is one of my absolte favorite activites to do in Summer, especially since Utah has some amazing backcountry. But what really makes is great is that Charlie gets to comes along, and having him there just makes it so fun, I get a snuggle buddy, I feel like I have a protector, and I love that we get to explore new terrain together. Backpacking with dogs is awesome and whether you've been backpacking for years and just got a new dog, or maybe you've been a team for awhile and want to start together here's, how to Get your dog ready for their first backpacking trip!



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Backpacking to Titcomb Basin, Wind Rivers

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Backpacking to Titcomb Basin, Wind Rivers
Backpacking to Titcomb Basin in Wind River Range of Wyoming should be on every backpackers "to do" list. The rugged terrain offers massive mountains with spire towers, clear glacial lakes, high alpine grassland & wildflowers, and world class hiking, backpacking, and climbing. Titcomb Basin is truly a pristine and special place. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hiking the Lofty Lake Loop & Cuberant Lake, Uintas

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Hiking the Lofty Lake Loop & Cuberant Lake, Uintas
The Lofty Lakes Loop in the Uintas is a beatiful 4 mile loop that takes you past several high alpine lakes, a few cool overlooks, and is relatively easy hike for most people. To make this route even better, add on a side trek to Cuberant Lake! It is one of the most popular trails along the Mirror Lake Highway, however don't let that stop you from hiking this loop at least once. This is one of the prettiest day hikes in the area! You can hike this loop in either direction, but counter-clockwise is a bit easier since the elevation gain is done near the begining of the hike and it's more gradual this way.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ethnotek Premji Backpack

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Ethnotek Premji Backpack gear review
The Ethnotek Premji 20 Liter Backpack combines work and play in one pack - use this for work, school, the gym, or even a light day hike! Ethnotek is a fusion of two entities: Ethnology & Technology! At Ethnotek their mission is to keep culture alive by creating high-quality travel packs that feature ethnically-sourced handmade textiles. The term "Premji" is the name of Ethnotek's longest standing and most loyal weaver in India, who has been with the company since the begininng. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hiking to Hayden Peak, Uintas

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Hiking to Hayden Peak, Uintas
Hayden Peak (12,479 ft) stands out for anyone who's driven along the Mirror Lake Highway in the Uintas. This rugged peak is quite intimidating from the road, but for Peak Baggers that's nothing to prevent us from climbing it. Hiking to the summit of Hayden Peak is NOT for the beginner hiker nor the beginner peak bagger. You should be comfortable hiking across narrow ridges, class 3 scrambles, and route finding. There is either a very faint, or non-existent trail. Though this route is only 2 miles one way, you'll gain a total of just over 2,000 ft. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Visiting Cascade Springs, American Fork Canyon

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Visiting Cascade Springs, American Fork Canyon
Cascade Springs is a large artesian spring with naturally-terraced cascades and pools, located in American Fork Canyon. Over 7 million gallons of water flow through the springs each day. Cascade Springs isn't a hike, but more of a really easy, casual stroll. It's perfect for families with strollers since boardwalks and paved paths lead the way, and children will enjoy a walk suitable for little legs. There are several interpretive signs, so you can also learn about the flowers and vegetation.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Hiking to Mill Canyon Peak

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Hiking to Mill Canyon Peak, American Fork Canyon
Mill Canyon Peak (10,349 ft) sits on the backside of the Wasatch Mountains and offers amazing 360 degree views. For a 10,000 ft peak this is a relatively easy summit - there's a trail most of the way and no scrambling. You will likely not see another hiker which is great, but the biggest downside to this route is the amount of dirt bikes. We passed seven of them by 9am, and the noise and dirt they kicked up wasn't the best, and I had to make sure I moved Charlie far enough off the trail. However, if you can get past that you will get a huge reward in scenery and views on Mill Canyon Peak.
This trail is only half shaded so you'll want to start early to beat the heat. Bring plenty of water for you and the dogs. I found my Paria Outdoor Trekking Poles to be really helpful, especially along the ridge.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Backpacking to Ibantik Lake, Uintas

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Backpacking to Ibantik Lake, Uintas
Ibantik Lake ("eye-ban-tick")  is located conveniently close to the Mirror Lake Highway in the High Uintas, and backpacking this route is perfect for beginner backpackers since it's a fairly short yet rewarding trail. It is a very popular lake to camp at, and therefore you won't have much solitude. The best things about this lake is how clear the water is, and you'll see plenty of mountain goats as Notch Mountain looms above you. The trail is really easy to follow, and is best done as a point-to-point route.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Backpacking to Priord Lake, Uintas

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Backpacking to Priord Lake, Uintas
Priord Lake sits high in the Uintas in Ashley National Forest at roughly 11,000 ft. The water is an incredible turquoise color, with the Prior Cirque, Priord Peak, and Yard Peak as a beautiful backdrop. The scenery here is unreal, however it takes some advanced navigation skills to get there. The trail has the three bad "Ms" - marshy, mucky, and moist. Horse and cow poops also lines the trail. The trail is also either very faint, or non-existent at times, therefore, this is not a good trail for beginner backpackers.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Paria Outdoors Tri-Fold Carbon Cork Trekking Poles

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Paria Outdoors Tri-Fold Carbon Cork Trekking Poles
Paria Outdoors, based in Denver, Colorado, designs high quality products and offers them at a reasonable cost, so that they are accessible to anyone. They offer a line up of trekking poles, tents, sleeping pads, and accessories to complement your gear. The term "Paria" comes from Paria Canyon in Southwest Utah - a backpackers dream destination! When I was researching the best ultralight poles, the Paria Outdoors Tri-Fold Carbon Cork Trekking Poles were at the top of my list!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Backpacking to Farmer's Lake, Uintas

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Backpacking to Farmer's Lake,Timothy Lakes Basin, Uintas
Farmer's Lake is a lake in the Timothy Lakes Basin in the High Uintas. The trail follows the Swift Creek Trail, as it gains 3,000 ft in 9 miles. There are several other lakes you could backpack to including East or West Timothy Lakes, and Carroll Lakes. Backpacking to this area requires at least a one night minimum stay - two nights is preferred. There is plenty to explore as a day hike in the area and even bag some peaks. The best part about this trail and lake is that we didn't see anybody over 3 days on a weekend! You'll find plenty of solitude here.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Guest Post: Backpacking to Granddaddy Basin, Uintas

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Today's Guest Post comes from Explore with Heather! She, her partner, and dogs recently took a backpacking trip to Granddaddy Basin in the Uintas, and she's here to let us know all about it!

The Uinta National Forest about an hour due East of Park City, Utah is knosn for many things. Some of these include Kings Peak, over 1,000 alpine lakes, awesome fishing, and our favorite - prime backpacking. It's so simple to go there. Just buy a map, pick a trail, and how far in you want to go. You will surely find yourself with some of the best views at your chosen campsite for the evening.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hiking to Lackawaxen Lake

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Hiking to Lackawaxen Lake
Lackawaxen Lake sits just below Clayton Peak, off of Guardsmans Pass. Because this trail is on the other side of Big Cottonwood Canyon, dogs are allowed off leash. In fact, this trail is a perfect summer hike for the pups since there are two lakes for them to swim in, Bloods Lake and Lackawaxen Lake, plus you can turn this route into a loop and bag peak 10,420!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Hiking to Notch Mountain (West Summit), Uintas

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Hiking to Notch Mountain (West Summit), Uintas
The West Summit of Notch Mountain (11,206 ft) is near "The Notch", an opening in between the West and East summits. The Notch is the high, open area on the Notch Mountain Trail by Lovenia Lake and Twin Lakes. Hiking to the West summit is fairly easy for seasoned peak baggers, and offers a good intro to peak bagging for newbies. There is a trail all the way to The Notch, after that you need to find your own route. It's not hard though, just steep hiking over medium sized boulders. Be careful where you step as some boulders are uneven - always test it out before putting all of your weight on the boulder.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hiking the Fehr Lake Trail, Uintas

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Hiking the Fehr Lake Trail, Uintas
The Fehr Lake Trail (pronounced like "Fair") sits high in the Uintas Wilderness at 10,260 ft, and offers a few hiking options from really easy and short at 1 mile round trip, to a little longer at 4 miles round trip. The trailhead starts across from the Moosehorn Campground, just below Bald Mountain Pass. The Fehr Lake trail will take you to three lakes - Fehr, Sheppard, and Hoover Lakes. All three lakes around about 29-30 ft at the deepest. Fehr Lake is highest in elevation gain, so most of this hike is downhill. Keep this in mind for the hike back - it will be all uphill. The traditional Uinta boardwalks are in place to keep hikers from tracking through the marshy areas. Bring bug spray - the mosquitoes are pretty bad on this trail because of how wet this trail is.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Hiking to Ruth Lake, Uintas

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Hiking to Ruth Lake, Uintas
Ruth Lake sits high in the Uintas Wilderness at roughly 10,200 ft. Ruth Lake is one of the easiest trails in the Uintas, making it great for families with children, or perfect for the beginner backpacker. Where else can you hike to a high alpine lake at only 0.8 miles one way and 155 ft elevation gain? Along the way you'll get to see beautiful open meadows, streams that are perfect for the dogs to play in, and wide open opens of the surrounding peaks. The only downside? This is a heavily used trail, so don't expect solitude.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Hiking to Bourbon Lake, Uintas

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Hiking to Bourbon Lake via the Whiskey Trail, Uintas
Bourbon Lake sits at an elevation of 9,800 ft and offers a beautiful high alpine lake in the High Uintas Wilderness. This lake gets its name from the color of the lake - the deep amber color reflected against the surrounding cliffs creates an amazing reflection of yellow and golds. Hiking to Bourbon Lake is great for the whole family, since it is only 1.5 miles to the lake with only 600 ft elevation gain. You can camp across the road from the trail head at Sulphur Campground, then follow this short trail for some beautiful views. Bring a hammock and enjoy the scenery!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Hiking to Provo Peak

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Hiking to Provo Peak
Provo Peak (11,068 ft) is one of the higher peaks in the Wasatch and also one of the shortest but steepest in the area. The trail to the summit is only 1.5 miles but gains 2,700 ft! The views from the summit are amazing, as you get 360 degree views of Utah County, and on a clear day into SLC County and major peaks north. Provo Peak is one of the "Wasatch Seven" peaks many peak baggers like to summit, as its one of the more prominent looking peaks. It's rare that such a massive peak gets less attention that its popular neighbor hikes like Squaw Peak and The Y Trail, but it's the case here. While there is a well defined trail to the summit, Provo Peak sees way less traffic compared to neighboring trails/summits.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Hiking to Butterfield Peaks, White Pine Peak, & Kelsey Peak

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Hiking to Butterfield Peaks, White Pine Peak, & Kelsey Peak
Kelsey Peak (10,373 ft) is located along the Oquirrh Mountains, the large mountain range just West of SLC. It's not the highest summit in the range (Flat Top Mountain is the high point), yet hiking to the peak is very rewarding. You can knock out three peaks in one morning - Butterfield Peaks, White Pine Peak (aka Wans Peak on some older maps), and Kelsey Peak. If you had enough time and energy you could make it all the way to Lowe Peak, or if you set your goals really high you could even complete the Oquirrh Ridgeline Ascension Trail (the whole ridge line point to point)!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Hiking to Fool Creek Peak

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Hiking to Fool Creek Peak
Fool Creek Peak (9,712 ft) is the highest summit in the Canyon Mountain Range in central Utah, and ranks #20 on the Utah Prominence List with 3,712 ft. I bet everyone has seen this peak, but nobody knows the name as you drive by it heading south on I-15 in Scipio, UT. This is one of the reasons I just had to hike this peak - every time I would drive on I-15 I said to myself "One day I'll hike to that peak!" So I did.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hiking PC Hill

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Hiking PC HIll in Park City, Utah, Easy hikes in Park City, Utah, Hiking in Park City with Dogs
PC Hill is the local's hiking hill as the huge letters standing for Park City are dominant from all around town. PC Hill is not as high in elevation as Bald Mountain or Jupiter Peak, but the prominent PC is more recognizable. This is a super short hike, which makes it great for kids and older folks visiting from out of town that aren't used to the elevation, or if you only have half an hour. The views from the top give a great view of all of Park City and surrounding mountains. This trail has zero shade and water, so bring at least 1/2 liter for the dogs.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Hiking to Upper Calf Creek Falls

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Hiking to Upper Calf Creek Falls, Escalante, Utah
Upper Calf Creek Falls is neighbor to Lower Calf Creek Falls yet sees less than half the visitors. This hike is only 1.2 miles to a beautiful waterfall, and deep pools above the falls that make for a great swim. The terrain is quite different from Lower Calf Creek Falls. The lower trail follows the bottom of a canyon, with tall red sandstone walls, and a lush green creek. The upper trail is more exposed, following a trail of old volcanic rock and is on top of the canyon. The rock at the pools above the falls is smoothed out over time, but be careful at the base of the falls - poison ivy lines the alcove.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Greenbelly Meals

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Greenbelly Meal bars review
Greenbelly Meals started with one big adventure that turned into a new passion for owner Chris Cage. After backpacking 10,000 miles through Asia, a 3,000 miles bicycle tour of New Zealand, and thru-hiking 2, 185 miles of the Appalachian Trail, Chris Cage often struggled to get in all of his nutrients to fuel his adventures. Creating the perfect meal became his obsession and mission.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Hiking to Lower Calf Creek Falls

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Lower Calf Creek Falls, Escalante, Utah
Lower Calf Creek Falls is one of the most popular trails near Escalante, UT and in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This easy 3 mile hike leads to a beautiful oasis with a 214 ft waterfall. Because this hike is so easy and low in elevation, it's a great family hike for visitors with older folks, kids, and even the dogs! All of the green trees and creek will make you forget your are in the desert, and as you approach the waterfalls the mist will cool you off. Feeling adventurous? Bring your swimsuit and swim in the pool of clear water at the base of the falls. You'll want to start hiking early to beat the heat and the crowds.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Backpacking the Little Death Hollow/Wolverine Loop

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Backpacking Little Death Hollow/Wolverine Loop, Escalante, Utah,
Little Death Hollow is a slot canyon in the northeast corner of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in an area called the Circle Cliffs. Not to be confused with "Death Hollow" near Boulder, UT, Little Death Hollow offers a 4 mile slot canyon that, when dry, offers few obstacles, and beautiful high red sandstone cliffs which deepens and narrows as you continue down canyon. The swirling sandstone is mesmerizing, yet hard to stare at as you try to scrape through with your pack on. Little Death Hollow could be done in a day, but backpacking at least 1 night (2 nights preferred) allows you to really explore the area and surrounding canyons, swim in the Escalante River, and create a loop.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dog Friendly Restaurant Patios in Salt Lake City

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Dog Friendly Restaurant Patios in Salt Lake City
Summer is here, and it's patio season! After doing a hike with the dogs I love to grab a burger or beer and soak up the sun on the patio. Often times its too hot to leave your bestie in the car panting, so what could be better than being able to take him or her on the patio with you in the shade to cool off? A dog's gotta eat and drink too! Check out these city-approved Dog Friendly Restaurant Patios in Salt Lake City - bone appetit!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Looking Glass Rock & Arch

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Looking Glass Rock & Arch, Moab, Arches in Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Looking Glass Rock & Arch is off HWY 191, about 25 miles south of Moab, UT yet hardly anyone makes the stop to check out this cool spot. This isn't really a "hike" but more of a "walk", since you basically drive right up to it, then walk about 200 yards up to the arch. Yet what this small walk offers is one of the best arches and viewpoints in the area. There are so many cool arches outside of Arches National Park, yet nobody cares to explore them. Best part? Dogs are allowed! 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hiking Mary Jane Slot Canyon, Moab

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Mary Jane Slot Canyon is one of Moab's hidden gems - the "trail" is a creek the entire way, which leads to a 30 ft waterfall. This is a great trail to do when Moab is too hot, and you, the dogs, or kids need to cool off. The canyon walls get higher as you hike further into the canyon, and eventually will reach upwards of 100 ft! There are several side canyons that allow for exploring tighter slot canyons. I first hiked this trail in March 2015, and really loved it. I just had to get back to show my friends what it was like! You can check out my original article on KSL here.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Jug Handle Arch & Petroglyphs

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Jug Handle Arch & Petroglyphs
Jug Handle Arch probably ranks pretty low on the "Arches list" if there is such a thing. However, what this arch lacks in grandeur makes up for itself for a worthy stop to check out the petroglyphs along the south facing cliff wall. Don't expect much from Jug Handle Arch, but if you happen to be on HWY 191 following the Colorado River or hiked either Jeep Arch or Corona Arch it makes for a good extra, quick stop since it's only 3.5 miles past the trail heads.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Live Infinitely Inflatable Air Lounger

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Live Infinitely Inflatable Air Lounger Gear Review, Best Air Lounger on Amazon
Looking for a fun, unique way to hang out while camping? Check out the Air Lounger by Live Infinitely! If you get back pain or just tired of sitting in a regular camp chair and want something different, the Air Lounger provides a way for you to sit or lay down anywhere, land or water. It only takes a few minutes to set up - both adults and kids can enjoy the views and campfire from a cozy spot!

Hiking in Hunter Canyon, Moab

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Hiking in Hunter Canyon, Moab
Hunter Canyon is located in Kane Creek, in the area called Behind the Rocks in Moab. Hunter Canyon is home to Hunter Arch and a few petroglyphs (if you can find them), and is a great hike for the whole family - dogs and kids, included. This winding canyon is beautiful - tall sandstone cliff walls, pools of water, a flowing stream in spring (it dries out in Summer), shade here and there to cool off, and red rock towers. Hunter Canyon stretches for miles on end, but most people turn around at the 2 mile mark, where the canyon intersects with a fork with another canyon.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Hiking to the Deuel Creek Waterfall

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Deuel Creek (pronounced like do-ell) is located along the East bench in Centerville, UT just south of Parrish Creek and north of Holbrook Canyon. Deuel Creek is sometimes shown as Centerville Creek on older maps - whatever you prefer to call it, this trail is great for the whole family. It follows the creek the entire way, crosses several bridges, passes by a fun rope swing, and leads to a waterfall. What's great about this trail is that it is shaded for most of the hike. Dogs will appreciate the water and shade in summer, and kids will find that this hike isn't too hard for their little legs either. There is an option to follow the North of South Deuel Creek Trail - this guide will be for the South trail.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon

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Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon, Hiking Steed Creek in Farmington, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
The Grotto, located in Hornet Canyon in Farmington, Utah is the local's hidden spot for cooling off in hot temperatures for both humans and dogs. This well shaded trail leads to a small, but deep pool perfect for two people sitting in to cool off on hot summer days. Prefer standing under a shower of cold water? Then stand under the overhand where 30 ft water weep drips constantly, creating a fun "shower" of fresh mountain spring water. Don't forget your swimsuit for this trail - it's quite the refreshing experience!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hiking the South Ridge to Mt. Wire

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Hiking the South Ridge to Mt. Wire, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Mt.Wire is a small mountain that overlooks the University of Utah, Emigration Canyon, and Red Butte Canyon. It is conveniently close, and can be hiked year round. Unfortunately, Mt.Wire isn't much to look at, but what this little hill lacks in prestige, it more than makes up for with steep trails, nice views of the valley, and a spacious top to stretch out and enjoy the scenery. Plus, if you are brave enough, you can climb up the old radio tower! There are two main routes to get to the summit - this way up past The Living Room, or up the South Ridge, the route I will be describing.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Hiking the West Ridge of Grandeur Peak

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Hiking the West Ridge of Grandeur Peak
Grandeur Peak (8,299 ft and pronounced like "grand-er") is the one of the high points in Millcreek Canyon, and offers fantastic views of the SLC Valley and into Parley's Canyon. Most people hike from to the summit from Millcreek at the Church Fork Trailhead, since it's considered the "easiest" way to the summit. From Church Fork the trail is 6 miles RT with 2,900 ft. Want a challenge and a better workout? Hike the West Ridge to Grandeur Peak! Taking this route gains 3,300 ft in 4.4 miles RT. This route is not for the beginner hiker due to the steepness. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

9 Items to Keep in Your Dog's First Aid Kit while Hiking

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9 Items to Keep in Your Dog's First Aid Kit while Hiking
Humans have first aid kits, so why shouldn't your dog? When you are out hiking or camping there's always the possibility of your dog tearing it's paws, getting a dog bite, running into a stick or log, or getting allergies from an insect bite. You could easily buy a first aid kit from the store (and pay a lot of money for it), but making your own Pet First Aid kit is much cheaper, and you can put in the items you will actually use. It doesn't matter what time of year it is, always carry a first aid kit prepped for your furry friend. I've put together a list of the 9 Items to Keep in Your Dogs First Aid Kit, that you'll actually use!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

7 Best Dog Friendly Trails in Moab, Utah

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7 Best Dog Friendly Trails in Moab, Utah, Hiking in Moab with Dogs
Moab, Utah is an outdoor mecca, and gateway to several National Parks and Monuments, including Arches & Canyonlands, and Dead Horse Point State Park. Many people think that because these parks aren't dog friendly, that Moab isn't dog friendly. Listen up hikers - Moab is one of THE friendliest dog towns in Utah. All you have to do is hike outside the national parks, and you're pup will be in hiking heaven. There are over 20 hikes that are dog friendly and off leash - I've picked out the 7 Best Dog friendly trails in Moab for you and your pack!

Friday, April 28, 2017

ORCA Coolers & Drinkware

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ORCA Cooler Gear Review
ORCA Coolers are pushing the boundaries of innovation when it comes to insulation. We've all seen different versions of these coolers - durable, extremely well insulated, numerous sizes to choose from, and built to last. You may recognize the names Yeti, R-TIC, and Pelican to name a few, but what about ORCA? ORCA, which stands for Outdoor Recreation Company of America, is the newest company to the insulated cooler world, starting in just 2012. Based in Tennessee, this American-made cooler knocks out all other coolers out of the park. Whether you are looking for a cooler to bring to the park, on road trips, or hunting, you can count on ORCA to keep your food and drinks insulated for up to 10 days outdoors.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hiking to Five Hole (Colonnade) Arch

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Hiking to Five Hole (Colonnade) Arch
Five Hole Arch (aka Colonnade Arch) is located south of Green River, UT off a rough 4x4 dirt road. The arch is so special it has two names - Five Hole Arch for the obvious five holes nature has created, and Colonnade Arch for the resemblance to Colonnade architecture (a row of columns supporting a roof). Some maps only show one or the other name, and some only label it as "Natural Arch". Whatever you prefer to call it, this arch is quite stunning once you find it. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hiking the Moonshine Wash Slot Canyon

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Hiking the Moonshine Wash Slot Canyon San Rafael Swell
Moonshine Wash slot canyon is tucked away in the middle of the San Rafael desert, and is now one of my favorite non-technical slot canyons in Utah. The best section of the Moonshine Wash slot canyon lasts for about 1.5 miles, and at every nook and cranny the lighting can look very different and vibrant. There are a few chock stones creating a fun obstacle for hikers, where you have to use a down climbing technique called stemming (also chimneying). Both techniques require you to push your weight up against the slot canyon walls to help maneuver down drops more than 6 ft. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Soaking at Meadow Hot Springs

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Meadow Hot Springs, Utah, Hot Springs in Utah, Dog friendly Hot Springs
Meadow Hot Springs in Central Utah is a great family-friendly spot to hang out and soak in warm water. It's conveniently located right of I-15 and there's no hiking involved, so it makes for a great, quick soak when you are on a road trip. Meadow Hot Springs is located on private property in the middle of a cow pasture, but they do allow public access. There are a total of three pools to soak in, all around 100F degrees. The most popular pool is one of the smallest and closest to the parking area, and it is also the warmest. Each of the pools have algae in them, so its wise to wear water shoes to keep from slipping on the rocks under water.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hiking Notch Peak

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Hiking Notch Peak, Delta, Utah
Notch Peak (9,658 ft) is in Utah's West Desert near the town of Delta, Utah. Notch Peak is part of the House Range mountains and Notch Peak Wilderness Study Area. The northwest face of Notch Peak is also well known for having the 2nd tallest cliff face in North America with 2,200 ft of vertical rise, making it a popular spot for BASE Jumpers and climbers. The tallest cliff face is of course, El Capitan, in Yosemite National Park. Overall, the summit of Notch Peak rises roughly 4,500 ft above the Tule Valley. Because of this, Notch Peak has been called the "desert equivalent" of El Capitan.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Backpacking to Reflection Canyon

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Backpacking to Reflection Canyon, Lake Powell, Utah
Reflection Canyon is a side canyon of Lake Powell that was first brought to the public's attention when National Geographic photographer, Michael Melford, took an amazing photo of this canyon and wrote the article, Glen Canyon Revealed. Since then, Reflection Canyon has slowly become popular over the years as a "must see" location for photographers, backpackers, and hikers looking to explore this secluded area.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The End of Hole in the Rock Road

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The End of Hole in the Rock Road, Camping at the End of Hole in the Rock Road, Southern Utah
Hole in the Rock Road runs from Escalante, Utah to the actual Hole-in-the-Rock on the Western shore of Lake Powell. It's a 62 mile dirt road that follows the general route of the original Hole in the Rock Expedition, when the Mormon trailblazers crossed the Colorado River and ended their journey in Bluff, Utah. The Hole in the Rock expedition established the trail in 1879, and has since become part of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and within BLM Land.