Peekaboo and Spooky were absolutely awesome, but as we finished up and were ready to start the short climb back to the cars, we once again found ourselves at the opening of this narrow canyon.
Almost immediately upon entering Spooky Gulch Slot Canyon, the walls close in and the light gets low – It’s known as one of the thinnest, darkest, and therefore “spookiest” slot canyons in Utah.
Requiring a short 15-foot scramble to enter, Peekaboo Gulch Slot Canyon is usually the first of the bunch to be tackled where you’re immediately greeted with an teardrop-shaped double arch.
The landscape of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was the last area of the lower 48 United States to get mapped and charted and once people started poking around, they realized they were dealing with an incredible wealth of ancient and modern science and culture as well as a big empty playground for outdoor adventurers.
Along the edge of the San Rafael Desert, Goblin Valley State Park is a relatively unknown park when compared to the Mighty 5 of Utah that eclipse it.
Monument Valley had been on my list to visit and photograph for a long time. I had driven by on US 163 a few times, always mid-day on my way home from other adventures, but I finally set aside specific time to stop and get into the park for some golden hours during a four day road trip.
There are certain iconic images that I seem to see everywhere. Some I can shake out of my head pretty quickly, but others stick with me to the point of near-obsession.
I was speeding through Canyonlands National Park on my way to Grand Viewpoint for sunrise when I saw the Mesa Arch trailhead parking lot had only three cars in it. For a Saturday morning in the spring, I simply couldn’t believe it.
You’ll come to the first set of what I’d consider “major falls.” This is where the trail began to go straight up the river.