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Pa’rus Trail, Zion

March 29, 2017 by Don Axford

The Pa’rus Trail is a paved trail in Zion National Park running between the Visitor Center and the Canyon Junction. It is a pleasant walk along the Virgin River.

During tourist season when the shuttles are running you can walk … Read the rest

Zion Petroglyph Canyon

March 17, 2017 by Don Axford

The Zion Petroglyphs are not well known. They are located on the east side of Zion and have an easy trail to them.

Trail Rating

Overall rating = easy

Distance: 0.25 miles each way – easy
Elevation gain: 100 feet … Read the rest

Many Pools, Zion

April 15, 2015 by Don Axford

Many Pools is a beautiful trail up a broad slickrock valley with numerous water pools along the route. In the authors opinion this is one of the nicest trails in Zion. From the head of the Many Pools trail you … Read the rest

Capitol Gorge, Capitol Reef

March 5, 2014 by Don Axford

Capitol Gorge is a beautiful canyon hike through the Waterpocket Fold easily travelled by families. This canyon is mostly level walking with sheer canyon walls.

Along the way are two side hikes, one to a viewpoint overlooking the Golden Throne, … Read the rest

Hickman Bridge, Capitol Reef

February 24, 2014 by Don Axford

Two miles east of the Capitol Reef visitor center, the trailhead to Hickman Bridge offers hikers an easy, spectacularly scenic trek up to a large natural arch.

The Hickman Bridge Trail is about 1.2 miles in length. The first one-half … Read the rest

Little Black Mountain Petroglyphs

April 21, 2013 by Don Axford

The Little Black Mountain Site contains some outstanding petroglyphs, representing 6,000 years of human history. The site has over 500 individual rock-art designs and elements on boulders surrounding the base of a 500-foot mesa.

Trail Rating

Overall rating = easy… Read the rest

Hidden Arch, Zion

April 18, 2013 by Don Axford

Hidden Arch is located across the road from the Checkerboard Mesa near the East entrance to Zion National Park. The trail to view the arch travels through a wash and over slickrock to a viewpoint, and then returns back on … Read the rest

Lava Flow Trail – Snow Canyon

March 29, 2013 by Don Axford

The Lava Flow Trail is an easy trail through black lava flows. Along the route there are several lava tubes two of which can be entered fairly easily. The largest lava tube is at the end of the trail before … Read the rest

Timber Creek Overlook, Zion

November 24, 2012 by Don Axford

The Timber Creek Overlook in the Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park gives magnificent views of the Zion mountains. This trail is located at the end of the Kolob Canyons Road, 5.2 miles from the Visitor Center. The trail … Read the rest

Northgate Peaks, Zion

November 24, 2012 by Don Axford

The Northgate Peaks are two large slickrock peaks, the East Northgate Peak and the West Northgate Peak, on the Kolob Plateau in the north western wilderness of Zion National Park. The West Peak rises about 500 feet above the valley … Read the rest

Clear Creek, Zion

November 23, 2012 by Don Axford

Clear Creek flows from beyond the eastern entrance of Zion National Park down past Checkerboard Mesa and along the south side of SR9 until it enters Pine Creek about 0.4 miles east of the upper end of the Main Zion … Read the rest

Shaw Woods

September 3, 2012 by Don Axford

The Shaw Woods Trail is an easy hike through old growth forests in Eastern Ontario Canada.

Trail Rating

Overall rating = easy

Distance: 2.2 miles – easy
Elevation gain: <100 feet - easy Terrain: Wide hard packed trail - easy Exposure: None - easy To see the trail rating system used here see Trail Rating System

Getting There

Take Highway 41 north through the … Read the rest

Antelope Canyons – Upper and Lower

March 8, 2012 by Don Axford

Antelope Canyon is the most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon includes two separate, photogenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower … Read the rest

Hurricane Canal

February 26, 2012 by Don Axford

The construction of the Hurricane Canal is one of Utah’s proudest stories of pioneer determination. This canal, built completely by hand, opened the Hurricane Bench to farming and the establishment of the town of Hurricane. In 1893 two local men … Read the rest

Harrisburg Arch in Red Cliffs Reserve

February 16, 2012 by Don Axford

The large arch in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve opposite Harrisburg in Hurricane, Utah, is quite spectacular when viewed up close. It can be accessed by travelling cross country from the Prospector Trail. This is a fairly easy trail.

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