Sunday, May 19, 2019

Hiking to Mt. Wire

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Hiking to Mt. Wire, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Trail Guide to Mount Wire
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, Mt. Wire is dog friendly! Along the way, you'll pass the famous Living Room trail, which is a great spot to take your first break. There are several ways you can summit, but I've found the easiest to be this route.

Friday, May 17, 2019

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!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Hiking Mt. Van Cott

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Hiking Mt. Van Cott (6,351 ft) is the knoll behind, and above in the foothills of the University of Utah. It's low elevation makes is a safe and fun hike to do year-round. My favorite time to hike this trial is in late Spring through Fall when the trail is dry. Hike here in early spring or a warm day during winter, and this trail is sure to be a mud slide. This trail is short but sweet, but short and steep, which makes for a great quick, post-work hike.

Hiking to Dude Benchmark Peak

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Hiking to Dude Benchmark Peak
Dude Benchmark Peak (7,212 ft) is the high point in between Salt Lake City & Bountiful, Utah. The ridge extends for miles, with City Creek Canyon below to the South and views of Thurston Peak and Ben Lomond Peak to the North. There are several routes to reach Dude Peak, but the easiest is from the North side in Bountiful, starting from a neighborhood trailhead. The hike itself is easy in that there is nothing technical or super steep. It follows the rolling hills along the ridge, with several up and downs, until it reaches the small rocky outcropping overlooking the entire East side of the Salt Lake Valley. Some sections are rocky, but lasts for a short time.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Hiking to the Ferguson Canyon Overlook

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Ferguson Canyon is just to the south of Big Cottonwood Canyon, and is not apart of the SLC Watershed so dogs are allowed to hike here. It's a great canyon to hike, especially after work if you are short on time. The canyon is well shaded, and as you make your way to the overlook you get an amazing view of the SLC valley. Ferguson Canyon gets really busy on weekends because both hikers and rock climbers fill the canyon. Plan on hiking here either early in the morning or during the week to have a quieter hike.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

The 6 Best Trails in The San Rafael Swell

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The 6 Best Trails in The San Rafael Swell
The San Rafael Swell is a mecca of hiking and camping, all free thanks to BLM Land. It's a great area to explore off trail, find rock art, hike through slot canyons, and traverse over red and white slick rock. The Swell offers something for everyone, so it's great for the whole family, kids, and dogs included. The best times of year to hike here are early Spring and late Fall when the temperatures are cooler. From arches to the best views, here are the 6 Best Trails in the San Rafael Swell!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Hiking to The Grotto - Hornet Canyon

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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!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Hiking to Horsetail Falls, Utah

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Horsetail Falls is one of my favorite hikes to do with the dogs. I always do this hike in the spring time because I love seeing the spring run off gushing over the falls. This time, I wanted to see it frozen and in snowy conditions. To be honest, I love seeing these falls year round - the views never fail to amaze me. Horsetail Falls is roughly 100 ft high. The trail is mostly shaded, yet rocky. Be prepared for a good workout, as this trail climbs 1,700 ft in just 2.2 miles. Be advised that horses frequently use this trail, so it's a good idea to have a leash handy. There are two stream crossings which have water year round. You can hike to both the top and base of the falls.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Interactive Adventure Map

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Hiking Farnsworth Canyon, San Rafael Swell

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Hiking Farnsworth Canyon, San Rafael Swell
Farnsworth Canyon is located in the San Rafael Swell, and offers a little something for everyone. A short slot canyon, pictographs, exploring off trail, and desert flowers in the Spring all abound. Hiking to the pictographs is only 1.5 miles one way, so even kids can enjoy this hike and "hunt" for the pictograph. Farnsworth Canyon does extend much further, to the other side of the reef, but most people turn around at 1.5 miles. There is zero shade or water, so start early to beat the heat. The slot canyon is very easy to walk through, and nothing technical is required so it's great for beginners.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Hiking to the Hurst Natural Bridge, San Rafael Swell

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Hiking to the Hurst Natural Bridge, San Rafael Swell
Hurst Natural Bridge is located in the San Rafael Swell, high above Ernie Canyon. There is no trail to reach Hurst Bridge, making a fun day for those who like adventuring and exploring. Make sure you have a downloaded topo map of the area, as there is no cell service. There is no shade, nor water so be prepared to be self-reliant. This is a dog friendly hike, but the sand will burn their paws if you start too late - we started hiking at 10am and I wished we had started no later than 7-8am.  This hike is best during Winter, early Spring and late Fall when the temperatures have cooled off. If you like hiking to lesser known ares of The Swell, this is the trail for you!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Best Dog Friendly Waterfalls Hikes in Utah

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The Best Dog Friendly Waterfalls Hikes in Utah
Ready to learn about the BEST Dog Friendly Waterfall Hikes in Utah? 
I've complied all of them into one post - no more researching, asking around, or spending hours looking at AllTrails. All of these listed are dog-friendly (off leash) of course, and are separated by location. There are not ranked in any order. Click the link for each hike to learn more, to see all the trail stats (distance, elevation gain, etc), and to view a trail map. Directions are also provided for each hike. 

Download your FREE Dog-Friendly Waterfall Hikes Checklist here - mark each one off as you go, and make it a goal to complete them all! Did I forget a waterfall hike? Please message me on my Facebook page, and I'll add it to this list. Have fun!

Visiting Toquerville Falls

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Visiting Toquerville Falls, Utah Waterfalls
Toquerville Falls is located near St.George in Toquerville, UT. The falls flow from La Verkin Creek over two pour offs - the first a cascade of falls, and the second a complete drop off to about 20 feet to the bottom of the creek. No hiking is required, but you better have a 4x4 car. The sign along the road says "4x4 recommended", but there's no way anything less will make it. The dirt road is only 5.3 miles, but driving it will take you around 45 minutes. We drove a Tacoma and put it in 4-wheel drive several times, all while driving very slow.  

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Hiking to Rattlesnake Gulch

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 Rattlesnake Gulch in Millcreek Canyon is one of my go-to after work hikes. You don't have to drive very far up the canyon to have great access to this moderate trail, which leads to a beautiful overlook of the Salt Lake valley. I highly recommend this as sunset hike - bring a thermos of hot chocolate or tea and sit at the overlook to enjoy the view. This trail works steadily up the mountain for the first mile, then is level for the second mile, making this a great trail run. There is plenty of shade, but no water.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Hiking the Anazasi Trail (Tempi'po'op), St.George

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Hiking the Anazasi Trail (Tempi'po'op), St.George, Utah
The Anasazi Trail (aka Tempi'po'op, which means "rock writing" in Southern Paiute) in St.George is a casual trail that leads to ancient Pueblo & Paiute remains, as well as petroglyphs. This is more of a walk, rather than a hike, and is great for the whole family to do since it is only 2.2 miles RT. There is zero shade nor water, and the trail gets hot quickly. If you bring your dogs make sure to start early in the day so they don't burn their paws. The path itself consists of long switchbacks, which lead you to a very small hill where the old farmstead was located, and is now fenced off. After checking that out, continue walking uphill (to the South) to see the petroglyphs. 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Farmington Canyon Trail & Waterfall

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The Farmington Canyon Trail and waterfall is one of my new favorite trails in Davis County. I was surprised at how big this canyon felt, how green it is in Spring, and I loved the 40 ft waterfall. Our dogs had a blast on this trail since there were plenty of stream crossings for them to drink from and play in. 

Friday, April 19, 2019

Hiking the Red Mountain Trail, St.George

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Hiking the Red Mountain Trail, St.George
Red Mountain is located in Dammeron Valley, UT not far from Sand Hollow and Gunlock State Parks. Because it's not actually apart of the state parks and is wilderness area, dogs are allowed off leash. Be sure to start early in the morning so the sand doesn't burn their paws. The first 1.5 miles of the trail is very boring and uneventful, but what the trail does lead to is amazing. The Red Mountain Overlook looks down into Sand Hollow, and the white and red slick rock with Signal Peak in the Pine Valley Mountains to the East is incredibly beautiful. This trail is great for the whole family, as it only gains a mere 360 ft. It's a mix of sand and rock, but plenty of shade if you do need a break.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Woods Trail & Dog Park

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The Woods Trail & Dog Park is one of Kimball Junction, Utah's newest dog parks. Located in a neighborhood to the north of I-80, this small dog park is fenced in for your furry pal to run around and get his energy out. After playing ball, grab your leash and take your choice of two trails starting from the dog park - the easy 0.5 mile loop that wraps around the pond, or the longer 1.3 mile loop that weaves it's way through the neighborhood with view of Summit Park Peak.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Hiking the Lower Sand Cove Trail (aka The Vortex)

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Hiking the Lower Sand Cove Trail (aka The Vortex)
The Lower Sand Cove Trail is located in Dammeron Valley, outside of St.George, Utah. It's located within the Red Mountain Wilderness, making this a dog-friendly hike. Local's know this hike as "The Vortex", due to the interesting geology that created this large pot hole in the slick rock. The trail winds down through a flow of volcanic rock from the nearby Veyo Volcano, with red and white sandstone after. Parts of the trail are very sandy, so if you bring dogs here, make sure to get an early start in the day or the sand will burn their paws. Children will also be able to do this hike, since it is just over 1 mile long. After hiking through deep sand, you'll be on slick rock the rest of the hike, while cairns lead to to the "Vortex". It's a very short trail, but worth seeing at least once.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Hiking to Chair Peak, Deer Creek Reservoir

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Hiking to Chair Peak, Deer Creek Reservoir
Chair Peak (6,194 ft, aka "Chair Hill") is a small peak located at Deer Creek Reservoir. It's only 1.2 miles to the summit, but be prepared for a great calf workout. There is no trail to the top, making this a fun route with no "right way". This is a great hike to do year round, or especially when avalanche danger is too high in winter for other major peaks. There's nothing above you to slide, make this very safe. If you choose to hike here in Summer, sunset time is the best time to hike as you get to watch the mountains glow! Though this hike is fairly easy, you get amazing views as the Wasatch Mountains tower over Deer Creek Reservoir. This is a great peak to bag for beginners as well as for kids. Deer Creek does not allow dogs on this trail.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Hiking to Bells Canyon Waterfall

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Hiking to Bells Canyon Waterfall
Bells Canyon Waterfall is in the canyon just south of Little Cottonwood Canyon, and apart of the watershed, so dogs are banned from this trail. The trail passes Bells Canyon Reservoir, passes the waterfall, and actually leads to an upper pond, 4.5 miles one way. This was our goal on Saturday, but as we quickly got soaked from the downpour of rain at 7am, we knew that wasn't going to happen for us.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Hiking to Flag Rock

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Hiking to Flag Rock in Farmington, Utah
Flag Rock sits along the West facing bench just East of Lagoon, along the rocky mountain side. It's an easy hike that leads to amazing views of Davis County and Farmington, UT that the whole family can do. Short on time? Hike to Patsy Mine and call it good. This trail has little shade, but if you hike the way I went, you'll cross Steed Creek, which is a great place for the dogs to drink from and cool off, and have the kids play in the creek. During Spring all the run off will create a fun obstacle, trying to cross the creek while staying dry.

Backpacking to Rainbow Bridge National Monument

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Backpacking to Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Rainbow Bridge National Monument sits within Lake Powell on the Utah side, and although is one of the largest natural bridges in the world, this national monument is one of the smallest managed by the National Park Service. Rainbow Bridge itself stands 290 ft tall from the base to the top of the arch, and is 275 ft across, making it nearly as tall as the Statue of Liberty. The most popular way to access Rainbow Bridge is via boat on Lake Powell. You can take a boat tour to this area, then walk 1 mile to the bridge. This is a very expensive option, but again, the most popular. If you are looking for more of an adventure, plan to backpack the 15 mile trail instead.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Hiking to Squaw Peak

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Squaw Peak (7,859 ft) up Rock Canyon is in Provo, Utah overlooking BYU, Utah County, and Utah Lake. Geology is also a focal point of this canyon, hence the name, Rock Canyon. The trail is not for the weak, as it steeply gains close to 3,000 ft in just 3.5 miles. Rock climbing is also popular in the canyon as climbers flock to the limestone and quartizite walls. Hiking and climbing in Rock Canyon and up to Squaw Peak area accessible year-round. 

Monday, March 11, 2019

Soaking at Meadow Hot Springs

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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.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Hiking Malan's Peak

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Malan's Peak is a popular high point for Ogden locals to hike to on a regular basis. It's not the highest peak by any means at 6,916 ft, but it does provide great views of Ben Lomond Peak to the north, as well as the Ogden/Layton valley. It's a tough 5 mile hike that can be completed within 3 hours, making it an excellent choice for a "quick" early morning jaunt to get the dogs out, and get some exercise in. Be ready for a great leg workout!

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Cross Country Skiing at Ogden Nordic

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Cross Country Skiing at Ogden Nordic
Ogden Nordic is located in Eden, Utah, northeast of North Ogden. Ogden Nordic began in 1997, as a non-profit organization including several community outreach programs such as Utah Special Olypmics, ski school, hosting Winter Trail Days, Junior after school ski program, races, and moonlight glides. They have roughly 30k (18.6 miles) of groomed trails, with mostly beginner and intermediate skill levels. A handful of experienced trails are available as well. Rentals are available, and the daily trail fees are noted below.

While Ogden Nordic is dog friendly, it is required that they remain on-leash for your entire ski. This area gets busy on weekends, with both humans and wildlife. Moose are known to frequent this area, so please keep a safe distance from them.

In addition to cross country skiing, Ogden Nordic also has fat tire bike and snowshoe-only trails to offer something for everyone.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Heugh's Canyon Waterfall

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Heugh's Canyon Waterfall
 Heugh's Canyon Waterfall is a canyon is situated between Big Cottonwood Canyon and Mt. Olympus, making this a dog friendly hike. The trail starts from the elite Cove Canyon neighborhood on the East side on Wasatch Blvd. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Mill Hollow Backcountry Yurt Trip

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The Mill Hollow Backcountry Yurt is located in the High Uintas Wilderness, with a 6 mile hike/ski/snowshoe to reach the yurt. The "trail" follows HWY 35 for 3 miles, before turning off onto forest roads. This ski in requires you to have comfortable backcountry skills, as well as appropriate gear (beacon, shovel, & probe), as avalanches have occurred here. The hike/ski in is well worth it, as you are surrounded by a winter wonderland, yet have a warm hut to hang out in. Plan to spend at least two nights here - one night is not enough to fully enjoy the area, get out for a tour, or relax. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Hiking PC Hill in Park City

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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.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Off-Leash Trail List

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Utah's ULTIMATE Off-Leash Trail List

Want to know all of Utah's most popular trails you can hike with your dog off leash?

If you are like me and love hiking with your dog, then you NEED this checklist. This Ultimate Checklist will help you keep track of where you been and where you've still need to go. Already hiked a few of these? Make a new goal and check off one per week!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Hiking Rob's Trail

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Hiking Rob's Trail, Hiking in Park City, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Rob's Trail in Park City, UT is a fun & easy trail that climbs a mere 730 ft over 2 miles to a beautiful overlook of The Canyons Ski Resort, Park City, and surrounding mountains. The trail works its way through evergreen forest, aspen trees, with great views along the way. This is a very popular trail, and therefor gets packed down during and right after a snowstorm. In summer it's a popular trail with mountain bikers connecting from the Mid-Mountain Trail so be careful of bikes flying through in warm months. This trail is dog friendly as well, but the best time to hike here with your furry friend is in Winter to avoid the bikers.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Soaking at Baker Hot Springs, Utah

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Soaking at Baker Hot Springs, Utah
Baker Hot Springs is a small, natural hot springs located in Central Utah, not too far from Delta, Utah. The source of the hot springs is around 180F, but a trench helps the water flow down to three large tubs and cools off the further you are away from the source. The tub closest to the source is the hottest, the middle tub is, well in the middle for temperatures, and the furtherest is the coolest. However, you can "regulate" the temperature by using one of the provided rags to block out the hot water and let cold water from a pipe in.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Cross Country Skiing at Sundance Nordic Center

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Cross Country Skiing at Sundance Nordic Center
The Sundance Nordic Center is located right next to the Sundance Ski Resort, in American Fork Canyon. There are 15 k (9.3 miles) of groomed ski trails, and 10 k (6 miles) of snowshoe trails. I had all day to explore, so my goal was to try and ski all 9.3 miles of trail! I was pretty close, coming in at 7 miles for the day, only because one of the trails was closed due to recent avalanches. Sundance Nordic offers trails for all skill levels, and all trails wind through pristine backcountry. Sundance Nordic sits at 7,000 ft, and the surrounding views can't be beat. Grab your skis (or rent!) and a trail map, and let's go!

Friday, January 18, 2019

The 3 Easiest Hikes in Salt Lake City

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The 3 Easiest Hikes in Salt Lake City, Utah
Looking for the three easiest hikes in Salt Lake City? 
Look no further. I've created this list for those wanting to take the kids out for a short hike, those that may not have enough time for a longer or harder hike, or those with families visiting SLC that want to view pretty scenery but aren't up for a full day of hiking. These 3 hikes range from 5 minutes to 2 hours, and can be hiked year round. No matter how long or short your hike, be prepared with at least one bottle of water per person, a small snack, and sun protection. Grab your hikin' boots, and let's hit the trails!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

8 Beginner Backpacking Tips for Women

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8 Beginner Backpacking Tips for Women
Have you always wanted to go into the back country, sleep next to a pristine lake, on a mountain side, off the beaten path, in the middle of a dense forest, next to a campfire? Have you looked at your girlfriends photos or social media and been jealous of these places? Backpacking is fun and takes you to some of the most beautiful places in the world. It doesn't have to be tough - check out my tips on 8 Backpacking Tips for Women so your first trip is as enjoyable as possible.

Hiking from Mooney Falls to the Colorado River!

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Hiking from Mooney Falls to the Colorado River!
Hiking from Mooney Falls to the Colorado River confluence is a must-see on your adventure to Havasupai! Only half of the people visiting will hike to Beaver Falls, which is on the way, yet almost nobody will make the entire trek down to the confluence. A confluence is where two rivers meet - in this case the turquoise Havasu Creek meets the brown Colorado River, creating an interesting mix of colors and water temperatures. 

Hiking to Havasu Falls

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Hiking to Havasu Falls, Arizona
Hiking to Havasu Falls is not your typical day hike - it requires a 10 mile trek through the desert, a large canyon, and finally through the small village of Supai, AZ. The people of Supai are apart of the Havasupai tribe, which is an American Indian tribe that has lived in this area of the canyon for the past 800 years. Havasu means "blue-green water", and pai means "people". Havasu Falls is one of the most well-known waterfalls in the world due to its paradise-like location.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

How to Get a Havasupai Permit

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How to get a Havasupai Permit, How to get a Havasu Falls Permit
Getting a permit to Havasupai Falls is the first step in your adventure to the beautiful, turquoise falls, but how do you get one? And how far in advance? What about group size? These are all questions I hear all the time when it comes to wanting to travel to Havasu & Mooney Falls. I'll fill you in on some secrets, tips, and the know-how so you can have the best waterfall adventure yet!

Monday, January 7, 2019

7 Reasons Why Winter is the Best Season to Go Hiking in Utah!

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7 Reasons Why Winter is the Best Season to Go Hiking in Utah!

Ever considered winter hiking? Summer trails are full with people hiking, but winter? You'll see half the people. Yes, it's cold. Yes, you'll get a little wet from snow. But so what - that's what layers are for! Here are my top 7 Resons Why Winter is the best season to hike in Utah!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Hiking to Scout Falls - in Winter!

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Hiking to Scout Falls - in Winter!, Riding a Fat Tire Bike for the first time
Scout Falls is a popular waterfall located right off the Timpooneke Trail on the way to Mt. Timpanogos. In summer, it's a fun spot to cool off on your hike or filter your water for the long trek to the summit. Normally it is only 2 miles to reach the falls but in winter it is 4 miles one way since the road is closed at the winter gate. It's been a goal of mine to see the fall in winter, with long icicles, frozen over.