Last week, Jon and I took a weekend trip through the Grand Staircase of the Escalante National Monument, and Capitol Reef National Park on the Burr Trail. It was a gorgeous drive out Saturday afternoon, passing through Capitol Reef, the Dixie National Forest (complete with elk!) and down into the Escalante to find a campsite for the night. The no-see-ums were pretty crazy, but other than that, it was a great place to camp.
The next day we got up early and hiked a canyon off the road called The Gulch. We used cow paths to make our way up the canyon since there was no formal trail. It was a relaxing morning and we enjoyed lunch up on the bench of sandstone where we got an excellent view of the surrounding landscape.
We spent the afternoon enjoying the leisurely drive through the extremely scenic lands that the Burr Trail bisects, and even made a short stop at Lake Powell, where we didn’t last more than 20 minutes – too much humanity, and man-made scenery, though we agreed it could be fun to rent wave runners someday and explore the shores of the lake.
We drove back towards highway 95 from Bullfrog, and found a sweet gravel road to lead us out to a dispersed campsite with incredible views for our second night out. Jon and I were using this trip as a chance to also test out the new camping set-up he built in the back of my Subaru Forrester, it’s no Scampy the glamper rig, but it worked out great.
As we drove home to work the next morning, gorgeous views surrounded us, and reminded me that Utah is really one of the most magical landscapes I’ve ever explored, and every place we go, I discover 5 more in the area I want to return to.