Your Guide to Capitol Reef National Park

Don’t let the name fool you; Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park is not a water park. It’s the site of a nearly 100-mile long uplift in the ground—called a waterpocket fold—that has eroded over the last 50 million years creating a spectacular ridge of cliffs in south-central Utah. Visitors come to the park to marvel at the bluffs along its 8-mile Scenic Drive, hike secluded desert trails, and get a glimpse of what life was like for the settlers who made a home along the Fremont River a hundred years ago. In the past, the other Utah national parks often overshadowed Capitol Reef; now, it has a reputation of its own as a world-class outdoor destination with over one million people visiting each year.

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Your Guide to Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

It would be hard to overstate how impressive the view of Bryce Canyon is from the rim the first time you see it. Our reaction was similar to when we first saw the Grand Canyon: stunned silence. Standing at the rim, watching the shadows of puffy clouds race across thousands of reddish-brown hoodoos in the canyon’s amphitheater, you quickly understand why Bryce is so popular.

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How to Plan a Grand Canyon River Trip

Over six million people visited Grand Canyon National Park last year, and for most of them, their lasting impression of the park is the view from the top of the canyon looking down. From the rim, where thousands of people gather each day to gaze at its spender, the canyon looks bottomless; there are only a few viewpoints where you can glimpse the Colorado River: the reason the canyon exists in the first place.

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2018 Year in Review

Thank you – Karen and I would like to thank you for all the encouragement and support you’ve given us in 2018. Your positive comments, messages, and emails mean a lot to us, and the financial support we receive from the sale of our books and affiliate links on this newsletter and our websites enable us to continue traveling and writing about our experiences.

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A Snowshoe Gear Checklist

Gearing up for a new activity can be a mystery, as snowshoeing was for us when we first started. The good news is: getting outfitted to enjoy a trek through the freshly fallen snow is not that complicated. In this post we list the basic items we take with us on our snowshoe trips. If you’ve done any outdoor activities in the past, you probably have many of these items, so getting into snowshoeing might be easier than you originally thought.

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Our December Adventure in a Forest Service Cabin

When I first told Matt my idea to rent a Forest Service Cabin in Montana in December, he was skeptical. After he found out that the cabin doesn’t have electricity or water—and would require a half-mile hike from our truck to get there—he thought I was crazy. It seemed to me, though, that an adventure in a cabin in the snowy winter wilderness might be a way to experience the magic of the holidays without all the tinsel and glitter.

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