Here’s a new piece for patreon.com/tycarter! One of my favorite trips as a boy was to the southern parts of Escalante, Utah. There were all sorts of vantage points and shady looking, could-be hideouts. In this piece, I went classic western style with a touch of Edgar Payne. Coyote Gulch explores making an environment in confined space for characters. Sign up from March 1-31
Sat in Zebra Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, UT
Not the usual hiking gear, but the whole water element was a surprise, and we weren’t going to turn back after finding this place. We hiked through in just our underwear with no boots on, often reaching water that was chest-high. For the middle of summer, the water was surprisingly chilly, but it just added to the crazy experience. An unforgettable day amongst a summer of unforgettable days, 2014.
Beyond its spectacular natural beauty, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah offers 1.9 million acres of cliffs, terraces, trails and views for your needed nature fix. Established 20 years ago today, the monument is an adventurer’s dream and a fantastic scientific resource for geologists, paleontologists, archaeologists and biologists. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands).
It’s easy to see why Lower Calf Creek Falls is one of the most popular hikes in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah, designated 20 years ago today. The hike traverses a lush streamside oasis that bisects the dramatic and harsh bedrock landscape east of the community of Escalante. Observant hikers on the 6 mile round-trip trek can spot pictographs and rock granaries perched on the opposite canyon walls as they wind up the cottonwood lined canyon. The hike is relatively level, but stretches of soft sand make it moderately strenuous.
At the end, the reward is a picture-perfect 126 foot cascade over a red-rock cliff. The green and yellow colors that line the contours of the column of water came from algae growing on the sandstone that thrive on the falls’ year-round flow. A must for your bucketlist!
Ending #TravelTuesday with a few stunning locations for your bucketlist. For more great photos and public lands to explore, check out our My Public Lands Instagram – we reached 200,000 followers just last weekend!