durango animas city mountain trail

Four days in Durango, CO

Durango, like Flagstaff, is a town that we could see ourselves living in. Super outdoorsy, with breweries and restaurants and a neat little downtown area. This was another place where we extended our stay a day… then another day… Campground...

boondocking in valley of the gods utah

Boondocking in Valley of the Gods, UT

Valley of the Gods is along the stretch of boring old red cliffs and dull rolling gray-and-peach striped and folded hills (yes I mean the very opposite of boring and dull) (the folded hills were my favorite) between Bluff and...

dog at goosenecks state park

Goosenecks State Park, UT

Goosenecks State Park is a must-see if you’re in the Monument Valley/Bluff area. The hike down to the river, however, is not so satisfying. Let’s start with the park: it’s a small park, just trails along the rim of the...

monument valley dog

Monument Valley, AZ

At first glance on the internet, it seems that if you don’t do a guided tour of Monument Valley, you can’t really do anything at all there. So we lined up a guided tour with Black’s Monument Valley Tours, and...

monument valley

Three days in Bluff, Utah

There’s not much going on in Bluff, except for the scenery outside of town, and an unexpected and delightful coffee and lunch spot (with wifi!) by day/upscale local-foods bistro by night. We stayed at Cadillac Ranch RV Park, which was quiet and...

dead horse point state park

Two nights at Dead Horse Point State Park

I will not comment on the name of this park, or its possible origin. I will comment on it’s unbelievable gorgeousness. It’s across the eastern canyon of Canyonlands National Park, and so it shares the incredible vistas, but in a...

negro bill canyon trail

Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab

The unfortunately named Negro Bill Canyon Trail is a four-mile out and back on BLM land (=dogs are welcome!) just outside Moab. The hike ends at a large natural bridge–the sixth-longest natural rock span in the US. A few rappellers were descending...

canyonlands national park

Canyonlands National Park

As we surveyed the vista at the first overlook at Canyonlands National Park, we said to each other “this is my new favorite park.” Canyonlands is enormous; we were in the Island in the Sky section, with arches, domes, and the canyons,...

delicate arch

Arches National Park

Arches National Park is fun. We got there early, perhaps too early for good photography, but early enough to beat the crowds at our first couple stops. This is Delicate Arch, which you may recognize from Utah license plates: And...

canyonlands rv resort

Three days in Moab, Utah

Campground We stayed at Canyonlands RV Resort and Campground, a quiet and leafy, if close-packed, park backing up to a high school on two sides, which gave it a more private feel. They give you cookies when you check in!...