Canyonlands National Park – Lathrop Trail

Last week I did the amazing Lathrop Trail in Canyonlands National Park.  This trail climbed all the way down the Wingate Cliffs, with a spectacular traverse at the edge of the mesa.  At the bottom, I enjoyed a lunch at the beautiful White Rim Canyon.  The climb back out of the canyon was long, including 1,200 feet of switchbacks up the canyon wall, but I had soaring views over the park and it was an amazing climb.  Altogether, this was probably my favorite trail out of Island in the Sky, and I highly recommend.

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Colorado National Monument – Monument Canyon Trail

I hiked a nice trail through Colorado National Monument last week.  The Monument Canyon Trail does a pretty tour though one of the park’s most popular canyon, passing next to many big red rock towers.  The first snow of the season fell here just a day earlier as well, so everything was under a fresh blanket of white.  I had a nice crisp morning on the trail, and it was a good hike.

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Goblin Valley State Park

I stopped in at Goblin Valley State Park in Southern Utah, a few days back.  This is a small park off Highway 24, somewhere between Capitol Reef and Green River.  It had great campground, complete with a frisbee golf course, and a bunch of crazy goblins.  The valley was really cool, with lots of side canyons to explore.  It’s a good park, and I enjoyed my afternoon here.

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Capitol Reef National Park – Fruita District

After a couple days driving the Burr Trail through the southern part of Capitol Reef National Park, I spent a leisurely day in the lovely Fruita District, checking out the short Scenic Drive, and hiking the Capitol Gorge and the Sunset Point trails.  Fruita sits along Highway 24, and serves as the main headquarters for the park, with a visitor center, a few historical sites, a campground, and a network of trails.  The land around Fruita is spectacular, and its a wonderful way to see Capitol Reef without straying too far from the Highway.

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Capitol Reef National Park – Burr Trail and Bullfrog Road

I did an incredible drive across Capitol Reef National Park last week, going from Boulder to Fruita via the Burr Trail and Bullfrog Road. The Burr Trail traverses part of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, before crossing into the lower part section of Capitol Reef. From there, I took Bullfrog Road up a beautiful 30 mile stretch across the park, with spectacular views of the Waterpocket Fold and other sights.  A lot of this drive was on remote, unpaved roads, but it was an amazing couple of days, and an awesome trip.

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