Canyonlands, Land of Rock Cairns

We took a slight detour in our route from the Grand Canyon in order to pass through Monument Valley, since I grew up on old-school Westerns and couldn’t pass up the chance to see the land made famous by John Ford. Canyonlands was the brainchild of former Arches superintendent and all-around western wilderness adventurer Bates… Continue reading Canyonlands, Land of Rock Cairns

Grand Canyon, North Rim: Who Comes Down, Must Go Up

The first ranger we talked to told us an old Grand Canyon adage: down is optional, but up is mandatory. We chose the north rim for a few reasons. First, it attracts far fewer visitors (everything I read said the north rim gets around 10% of annual Grand Canyon park-goers) so we hoped to avoid… Continue reading Grand Canyon, North Rim: Who Comes Down, Must Go Up