Highway 12 in Southern Utah Road Trip

Highway 12 in Southern Utah

Highway 12 in southern Utah is a breathtaking journey past some of southern Utah’s most picturesque features, including Red Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, and Capitol Reef National Park. The highway explores high desert rock formations, historic sites, badlands, and aspen forests high in the mountains through …

Spooky Slot Canyon

Slot Canyon Abstract

Distance: 1.2 miles (one way – to Spooky) Difficulty: Easy, but tight spaces and some scrambling Best time of year: Fall, Winter, Spring Last hiked: 2016 May There’s a great loop that connects Peek-A-Boo Slot Canyon to Spooky Slot Canyon, which was my original plan for a hike. As it turns out, ascending into Peek-A-Boo Slot can be very tricky …

Wire Pass

Hiker Admiring Slot Canyon

Distance: 1.8 miles (one way) Difficulty: Easy, but a few hurdles Best time of year: Fall, Spring Last hiked: 2016 May I knew there was rain in the forecast, but I had also never really poked into any slot canyons in the Vermillion Cliffs area. Since I was nearby having just come off the Arizona Trail, I wanted to change …

Capitol Gorge and the Tanks

Capitol Gorge Abstract

Distance: 1 mile (one way, to Tanks) Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2015 October The Capitol Gorge Trail is an easy trail to give visitors a taste of what lies in the rest of the backcountry of Capitol Reef National Park. A wash cuts through massive sandstone cliffs creating an extraordinary wonder when viewed from below. …

Bell Canyon and Little Wild Horse Canyon

Hiker in Little Wild Horse Canyon

Distance: 9 miles (loop) Difficulty: Moderate Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2015 October Bell Canyon and Little Wild Horse Canyon Trail Description For those that want the slot canyon experience, but aren’t heading to the Page, Arizona area for Antelope Canyon, a good alternative with easy access is the loop through Bell Canyon and Little Wild Horse Canyon. …

Upper Muley Twist Canyon

Rim Trail on Waterpocket Fold

Distance: 10 miles (loop) Difficulty: Strenuous Last hiked: 2015 October Best time of year: Year-round In looking at the map and reading general descriptions (though probably not carefully enough), I vastly underestimated this hike. Realizing it would make a great sunset hike, I was already en route down Notom Road along the east side of the park around midday when …

Crack Canyon

Hiker in Crack Canyon

Distance: 3.5 miles (one way) Difficulty: Moderate, but challenging Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2015 October Crack Canyon Trail Description For those wanting a little adventure with your slot canyon hike, but don’t have the technical abilities to do proper canyoneering, Crack Canyon is a great canyon to challenge your ability without needing any extra gear. Many areas …

Surprise Canyon

Hiker in Surprise Canyon

Distance: 1 mile or more Difficulty: Easy, but some scrambling required Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2015 October One of the really great things about Capitol Reef National Park, and any national park for that matter, is that unless otherwise indicated, you’re free to explore anywhere you want. Inside the Waterpocket Fold, this yields massive opportunities that I …