Hiking Upper Muley Twist is located in Capitol Reef National Park (CRNP), and this route covers extremely varied terrain - from deep and narrow, to high and exposed, all within a relatively short distance. It begins in a canyon paralleling the spine of the Waterpocket Fold, a 100 mile long ridge that juts out from the upper crust of the landscape. This long "monocline" is one of the longest in the world! The bizarre landscape is made of brilliantly colored rocks, including at least 7 visible arches, natural bridges, slot canyons, fins, domes, and more. Hiking Upper Muley Twist gives you the grand tour of this area, so it's a must-do!
The Geyser Pass Yurt is located in the LaSal Mountains, just outside of Moab, Utah. To reach this yurt requires a 4 mile ski or snowshoe in, following the forest road that is usually drive-able in summer months. It's located right in the pass, just to the SE of Haystack Mountain and to the south of Mt.Tomasaki at 10,500 ft! While on the Manti-LaSal National Forest land, this is a privately owned yurt by Talking Mountain Yurts (TMY). They have a special permit for their yurt to be on National Forest land.
The Great Chamber at Cutler Point is a large open dome with a tall sand hill - perfect for photography. This is less of a hike and more of a scenic viewing area, as long as you can drive all the way! The roads are extremely sandy - high clearance and 4x4 is a MUST.
Alstrom Point is a vast, open overlook at the edge of Lake Powell, and offers amazing views of Gunsight Bay, Navajo Mountain, and tall red buttes. It's considered one of the best views in Southern Utah, and requires an SUV or larger to reach the end of the road at the overlook.
Wiregrass Canyon is one of many drainages that flow into Lake Powell, and offers a fun moderate hike. If you had a full day, you could reach the shore of Lake Powell, but most people only hike to the arch and back in just a few hours. Wiregrass Canyon Arch isn't the only attraction - tall, white canyon walls with two sections of light scrambling make this enjoyable for the whole family. The first 1/2 mile winds through a dry wash, before entering the canyon, where the fun begins.
Hiking Catstair Canyon is a fun, quick, and easy hike for the whole family. It's only 0.5 miles RT, and leads to two sections of stacked cars right underneath HWY 89! These cars were originally placed here as a way to "help support and build" the highway on top back in the day while trying to be resourceful with unused cars. However, it wasn't quite as supportive as locals had hoped, especially once modern day construction entered the picture. Today, it's a perfect stop along the highway in between Kanab, UT and Page, AZ to stretch your legs for a quick walk with a unique sight to see.
The Nautilus is a delicate and beautiful rock formation made of wind and water eroded sandstone, at the edge of a small ravine near the Paria River, a mere 9 miles Northeast of The Wave. The Nautilus is an outcrop of a soft, thin-layered rock with a rippled surface texture, with the formation of a corkscrew-like gully. It's reminiscent of a conch shell, hence the term nautilus.
Anniversary Narrows Slot Canyon is located within the Lake Mead Scenic Byway area, just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. Hiking this trail is best November through March when the temperatures are much cooler. There is zero shade and water, and there's no "official trail". Despite this, hiking the Anniversary Narrows Slot Canyon is perfect for the whole family, dogs included (off leash). Small children and dogs will need help over a few obstacles, but there is nothing technical required. Because of it's short mileage, this slot canyon is perfect combined with hiking around Red Rocks Canyon National Conservation Area (such as Turtlehead Peak) or even Valley of Fire State Park.