Friday, February 27, 2015

{Arches N.P.} Devils Garden

Devils Garden was the first hike that I ever did when visiting Arches National Park many years ago with Heinz and some friends. It's one of the longer hike in Arches (7-8 miles taking the Primitive loop trail and depending on the side hikes) but there's really nothing too it. All of the trails are well marked and are in great condition. There are a couple spots where climbing on top of fins are required but don't let that deter you. It's a great hike with amazing views. The real fun comes from taking all the little side trips and wondering around on the fins. So much exploring to do, it feels endless.

Landscape Arch

Partition Arch

Navajo Arch, Shot by Heinz Grunendahl

Black Arch

Double O Arch

Dark Angel

Private Arch

Views from the Primitive trail.

A sweet view of some of the awesome landscape in Arches National Park.

Get outdoors and explore Utah.

Happy Trekkin'!

{Arches N.P.} Sand Dune Arch & Broken Arch

When you're driving around in Arches National Park it's easy to get side tracked because everywhere you turn is a new pull out for stunning overlooks and short walks to amazing arches. Sand Dune Arch and Broken Arch are two very accessible and easy walks to get to and make for some quick sight seeing and a nice way to stretch the legs. 

Sand Dune Arch

Broken Arch

Get out and explore Utah.

Happy Trekkin'!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

{Moab, UT} Desert Camping

It has been crazy warm this winter here in Utah and with the low snow pack and mediocre ski season, it gave Heinz and I an excuse to get out of town and do a little hiking and camping in the desert. When you think of camping you might think of a favorite family past time that was usually held in the midst of the summer heat, surrounded by bugs and people. Camping during the winter time may seem like a daunting task but when you head to the desert, it can give you a whole new view. From the scarce amount of people, the mild temperatures during the day, and two National Parks so close together, getting down to Moab just made sense.

H & I opted to camp in one of our favorite spots in Moab, which is the Sandflats Recreation Area . It's really close to town but also far enough away that gives you plenty of peace and solitude. We had a few freezing nights and a crazy sand storm that nearly blew our tent down, but other than those little miss-hap's, it was a good time. One thing to note is that once the sun went down it was super cold (sometimes freezing with the windchill) and we were bundled to the gills. A hot fire kept us comfortable and made everything more enjoyable. I highly recommend getting in a little winter camping, specially with the warm winter temps.

Happy Trekkin'!

{Arches N.P.} Fiery Furnace

The Fiery Furnace is a favorite spot for Heinz & I to explore in Arches National Park. An endless maze of red rock pillars with nooks and crannies to climb over, under and through, it's a place for the wanderer at heart. 
In order to get off the beaten path and into the furnace you must obtain a hiking permit at the visitor center. It may seem like a hassle but it's nothing more than a few dollars and well worth it. Unlike other hikes and lookouts in Arches, the Fiery Furnace does not have one specific and straightforward trail and their are several spots that require rope and a little more experience than a simple out and back hiking trail. The park also offers guided tours of the Fiery Furnace which can be a great way to get your feet wet. For more info - check it out here.

Shot by Heinz Grunendahl

Shot by Heinz Grunendahl

Shot by Heinz Grunendahl

Shot by Heinz Grunendahl

 Shot by Heinz Grunendahl

Shot by Heinz Grunendahl
One of my favorites from the bunch.

Happy Trekkin'!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

{Canyonlands N.P.} Mesa Arch

There are so many beautiful things to see in Canyonlands National Park. From long, all day hikes and backpacking adventures to short little walks that have incredible views. Mesa Arch is one of those short little walks that gives you breath taking beauty. We did this as a little cool down from our hike on the Alcove Spring Trail. A must see if cruising in Canyonlands.

A sweet view with the La Sal mountains in the distance.

Happy Trekkin'!