Stunning Red Rocks at Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

    11/06/19 •

    Most folks know all about Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park. But virtually right next door, little-known Kodachrome Basin State Park offers red-rock formations that not even its more-popular neighbor can match. Kodachrome Basin is known for its colorful sandstone spires called “sand pipes”. Nearly 70 of them stand in the park, some soaring up to…

    Historic Cove Fort, Utah: Once a Way Station for Travelers

    12/27/20 •

    When Utah was still a territory, with miles and miles of forbidding wilderness between settlements, Cove Fort provided a way station for travelers and their livestock. Today, this historic site “in the middle of nowhere” provides a welcome respite for modern travelers — and a glimpse into our pioneer past. Utah’s early settlers built the…

    Parry Lodge, Utah: The Temporary Home of Western Movie Celebrities

    8/07/20 •

    My husband and I are big fans of old Western movies and television shows. So when we planned a trip to Kanab, Utah, we had to stay at the 89-room Parry Lodge, where celebrities like John Wayne, Glen Ford and Roy Rogers stayed while filming Westerns. The lobby walls are filled with photos of old-time…

    Train Buffs Must See the Golden Spike National Historical Site in Utah

    5/22/17 •

    If you’re passionate about trains and history, there’s one place you absolutely must see: The Golden Spike National Historic Site at Promontory Summit, Utah, near the north end of the Great Salt Lake. This site is where the eastbound Central Pacific and westbound Union Pacific Railroads met on May 10, 1869, completing America’s first transcontinental…

    Surviving in the Canyonlands of Utah (2)

    10/22/21 •

    The second last episode of the second Survivorman DVD has Les Stroud stranded in the Canyonlands of Utah. The wilderness survival situation this time is one of a mountain biker whose bike is no longer working. Dry and hot, Les is tasked with surviving for 7 days. One of the first things that Les does…

    The Fascinating Chinese Joss House Museum in Evanston, Wyoming

    8/19/21 •

    During a 2-week vacation in Utah, we drove through Flaming Gorge in the northeastern corner of the state, then headed through southwestern Wyoming on our way back to Salt Lake City. That’s where we ran across the town of Evanston and its fascinating Chinese Joss House Museum. The charming town’s Historic Depot Square is home…

    Pickett State Park, Tennessee: Amazing Caves and Rock Formations

    12/17/17 •

    …of the adjacent 100,000-acre Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Considered moderately difficult by hiking standards, the trail winds to a pair of sandstone arches like those in Utah. Open year-round, Pickett State Park is about 100 miles northwest of Knoxville, just south of the Kentucky border, on State Highway 154, which leads…

    Drive the San Juan Scenic Skyway in Colorado

    6/15/20 •

    …States where four states meet, is about 43 miles southwest of Cortez. The park is on U.S. Highway 160, at the borders of Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Located on Navajo Nation land, it’s open year-round. To find out more, call the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department at 1-520-871-6647 or log on to navajonationparks.org/….

    Houseboating on Lake Powell, Arizona

    7/06/17 •

    …and south-central Utah border. It’s part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, managed by the National Park Service. For details call the Carl Hayden Visitor Center at 1-928/608-6404. Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas is the park service’s official watercraft rental vendor. It operates six marinas on Lake Powell; one of them, the Dangling Rope…