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California – Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley

California – Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley

If you squint your eyes at the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, it is easy to believe you are in the Sahara Desert. Yet, in ever direction, you can see the mountains in the distance that make up the edges of the Death Valley. To be […]

California/Nevada – Rhyolite Ghost Town

California/Nevada – Rhyolite Ghost Town

Rhyolite is a ghost town about 45 minutes outside of Death Valley National Park. It was nice change of scenery after being 282 feet below sea level and exploring golden canyons. I am not sure if it was the overcast day,  the location, or knowing […]

California – Golden Canyon Hike, Death Valley

California – Golden Canyon Hike, Death Valley

After driving the 4+ hours to get to Death Valley, you might want to get out and stretch your legs. For this I recommend the Golden Canyon Hike. The Golden Canyon Hike is a bit of a choose-your-own-adventure where you can decide how long you […]

California – Artist’s Palette, Death Valley

California – Artist’s Palette, Death Valley

If you are visiting Death Valley, absolutely do not miss Artist’s Drive and Artist’s Palette. Artist’s Drive is a nine mile gorgeous drive that is one way, heading north. The drive is a meandering road with a variety of views – from the Badwater Basin […]

California – Badwater Basin, Death Valley

California – Badwater Basin, Death Valley

We visited Death Valley National Park and Badwater Basin for the first time this winter. The days were short, but with only a few people in the park, we got to explore so many areas in a single weekend. The temperature was chilly, especially when […]

Utah – Canyonlands National Park

Utah – Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands is the lesser visited sister to Arches National Park. Both are located in Utah, north of Moab and show the dynamic range of results that erosion has on the desert environment. I’ll be honest and say that if I only had one day in […]

Utah – Wine Tasting in Moab

Utah – Wine Tasting in Moab

As a mountain biking and National Park destination, you may not think of Moab as place for wine tasting. Especially with the amount laws related to alcohol in Utah! We learned the laws the hard way the first night, when browsing the grocery store for […]

Utah – Arches National Park

Utah – Arches National Park

Aptly named, Arches National Park has an array of surprising and stunning natural formations to view. As you leave Delicate Arch after sunrise, head to the other incredible Arches in Arches National Park when the crowds are focused on heading straight for Delicate Arch. We […]

Utah – Visit Natural Bridges

Utah – Visit Natural Bridges

During our trip to Utah, I wanted to include a day-long activity. I looked into whitewater rafting (will HAVE to do next time we visit) and longer hikes. The problem with longer hikes in the middle of summer is the amount of gear required and […]

Utah – Monument Valley

Utah – Monument Valley

We almost didn’t go to Monument Valley, while visiting Utah, but boy and I am happy we made the trip. On the drive in, you begin seeing the enormous sandstone buttes in the distance. As you get closer, you try to find the spot Forest […]