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Channel Islands National Park

How we backpack camped at Del Norte campground on Channel Islands National Park, Santa Cruz Island, hiked across the park, and kayaked!

How We Did Moab, Utah

Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Moab Summary We understand why people love Moab, UT. It’s a simple sentence for a sophisticated region of the country. The Moab area is stunning landscape with the Colorado and Green Rivers carving their way through the 100+ million year old sand stone. There are arches galore, even aContinue reading “How We Did Moab, Utah”

White Sands National Park

Alkali Flat Trail The Quick Stats Distance: 5 miles out & back Elevation Change: 311 ft Type: Trail through large and steep sand dunes with red markers to follow Restrooms at the Trailhead: yes Water at the trailhead: no Dogs allowed: yes Parking lot: yes, a large parking lot Hiker’s ledger: no Summary Overall, weContinue reading “White Sands National Park”

Dante’s View

Death Valley National Park, Stop No. 7 November 28, 2020 Location: Off of CA-190 W. You will take a 13 mile road to the top of the Black Mountains Parking: Small parking lot Pets: Not allowed Fee: DVNP entrance fee $35/vehicle good for 7 days or America the Beautiful Pass Restrooms: Yes, but not atContinue reading “Dante’s View”

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

Death Valley National Park, Stop No. 6 November 28, 2020 Location: Off of CA-190 W  Parking: Small parking lot but you are able to park on the side of the road Pets: Not allowed Fee: DVNP entrance fee $35/vehicle good for 7 days or America the Beautiful Pass Restrooms: Yes Time Needed: 1 hour AfterContinue reading “Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes”

Artists Drive to Artists Palette

Death Valley National Park, Stop No. 2 November 27, 2020 Location: 20 min south of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center How to get here: vehicle, 9 mile drive Hike: walk out to view points Pets: Not allowed Fee: DVNP entrance fee $35/vehicle good for 7 days or America the Beautiful Pass Restrooms at Trailhead: YesContinue reading “Artists Drive to Artists Palette”

Saguaro National Park West

What to do in Saguaro National Park if you are limited on time June 25th, 2020 Dog Friendly: Yes, but must be leashed. Fee: Yes. $25 per car. Due to COVID-19 the Red Hills Visitor Center is closed. You pay the $25 at a box at the visitors center. It is based on an honor system.Continue reading “Saguaro National Park West”

Petrified Forest National Park

Day Trip From Phoenix June 18th, 2020 Dog Friendly: Yes, but must be leashed. Fee: Yes. $25 per car. Good for one week. Restrooms at trailhead: Not all of them, but there is restrooms at the visitors centers. THINGS TO DO AT PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK: Petrified Forest National Park is only a 3.5 hour driveContinue reading “Petrified Forest National Park”

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Easy trails in Cuyahoga Valley National Park July 10th, 2020 Dog Friendly: Yes. Fee: No Restrooms at trailhead: Yes there is multiple bathrooms throughout the park HISTORY BEHIND CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK: I lived in the Cleveland area for 24 years and never went to Cuyahoga Valley National Park. I moved to Phoenix and have beenContinue reading “Cuyahoga Valley National Park”

Hike to Angels Landing

Scout Lookout on the West Rim Trail May 23, 2020 Length: 4.4 miles Route Type: Out & Back Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft Dog Friendly: No Fee: Zion National Park Entrance Fee $35 per vehicle (good for 7 days) Restrooms at trailhead: Yes THE HIKE: This hike starts at The Grotto. To get to Scout Lookout you start atContinue reading “Hike to Angels Landing”