Bristlecone Pine Trail – Dixie National Forest

This easy walk was, far and away, one of our favorites.  After a day spent mostly in the car, or battling hot pavement with boots and backpacks – it was nice to get out in the cool forest.   The scrubby pine trees, and various other plants kept Darby busy smelling – but there was a decided lack of lizards, so I wasn’t having to … Continue reading Bristlecone Pine Trail – Dixie National Forest

The National Parks – Zion and Bryce

Ah.. The National Parks.  Magical places… that dog’s simply aren’t allowed to enjoy.  The short answer to, “Is Zion worth it if you’ve got your dogs with you”, is not what the ranger told me.  The short answer is NO.  The majority of Zion is only accessible through a shuttle bus… a shuttle bus that dogs are, of course, not welcome on.  Yes, you can … Continue reading The National Parks – Zion and Bryce

Red Canyon – Utah Hiking

Red Canyon was super cool.  I wish I would have planned more time for this area (or even known about it before we started this adventure!)  Red Canyon is part of the Dixie National Forest.  This means that all the hiking is free, and your dogs can go with you!  We found Red Canyon quite by accident.  I decided to spend the day visiting Zion … Continue reading Red Canyon – Utah Hiking

Spring Creek Canyon – Kanarraville Hike

Spring Creek Canyon is the 2nd slot canyon hike that we did in Kanarraville.  It is a fantastic hike, but there are a few things that you should be aware of.  It is a primitive hike, and not well marked in places.  There were so very overgrown areas (specifically in the meadow area), and the flat part of the hike is HOT.  Most important – … Continue reading Spring Creek Canyon – Kanarraville Hike

Red Reef Trail at Red Cliffs

Red Reef was one of the hikes that originated right at our own campground, so we did it often when the temperatures permitted.  I think we completed the portion of this hike that was dog friendly three times in our six days at the campground. The hike starts out just across from the day use parking area and if you don’t have pups (or probably … Continue reading Red Reef Trail at Red Cliffs

Red Cliffs Campground – Utah

Ah.. camping.  The great outdoors.  Nothing but peace and quiet, and intense sunshine at Red Cliffs!  We called Red Cliffs home from June 22nd through the 27th.  It was hot Hot HOT!!  Had I done a little bit more research I probably would not have chosen to stay here.  The campground itself was really quite lovely.  As a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) campground, it was … Continue reading Red Cliffs Campground – Utah