Category Archives: Mountain West (Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado)

Our national parks in dead of winter; a once-in-a-lifetime must-do!

Old Faithful Geyser thunders into a winter sky at dusk; with three visitors to watch and one lone coyote.

Trumpeter Swans in Yellowstone’s Firehole River near Old Faithful area. Buffalo and calf, Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Park. Lake McDonald Lodge, closed in winter, marks end of the Going to Sun Highway. Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, taken from Going to the Sun Highway. Spend the night in a caboose at the Issac Walton [...]

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Touring the “Mile-High City” of Denver and central Colorado

Denver's popular 16th Street Mall is lined with shops, restaurants and brew pubs!

Author, under the Rocky Mountain High Dispensary sign (Colorado an early state to allow recreational marijuana sales) The Blue Bear, a true photo op, at Denver’s Colorado Convention Center (photo courtesy of Visit Denver). The archway to the lovely and historic downtown of Golden, in foothills of Rockies above Denver, a gold rush town and [...]

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Visit Rocky Mountain National Park, as fall moves into winter…

Majestic bull elk monitors his herd of about 25, just off Hwy. 36 in the park.

Rockies to the northwest, looking from the Many Parks Curve area on Hwy. 36. Hikers set off on snowy trail into Hidden Valley in the park. Rockies to southwest of the park show snow descending at elevations above 9,000 feet. A splash of color remains at lower elevations of the park as winter approaches. Find [...]

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Upgrading from tent or car-camping to a new or classic travel trailer

Author's '64 Serro Scotty trailer with Yosemite Falls in background.

A sleek Casita trailer, at Bryce Canyon National Park. A-liner Ranger trailer, a hard-sided pop-up, at Death Valley National Park. Classy old Shasta trailer, shot at Fallen Leaf Lake, CA. Vintage Airstream trailer and its equally classy tow vehicle, Fallen Leaf Lake, near South Lake Tahoe. Author’s ’64 Serro Scotty trailer with Yosemite Falls in [...]

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Utah’s Arches and Canyonlands National Parks; side trip to Grand Canyon North Rim

A couple tales in the other-worldly view of Canyonlands, with the Green and Colorado Rivers in distance.

Author and spouse Susan pose in front of Landscape Arch, spanning well over 300 feet with its delicate arch. Arches Park visitors trek fo Sand Dune Arch on short, flat trail through slot canyon. Our Horsethief Campground, maintained by the BLM just outside Canyonlands, was scene of several evocative sunsets.  John Wesley Powell pioneered the [...]

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Spectacular Utah: awe-inspiring Bryce Canyon and Capital Reef National Parks

Hoodoos by the thousands, carved by water and wind for eons, line Bryce's canyon walls.

Natural Bridge in Bryce Canyon NP. Ascending The Wall trail amongst rock escarpments and strange Hoodoos. Tourists hike up Grand Wash in Capitol Reef NP.Bryce Canyon. Spires climb skyward from Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. Watertank holes, up a dry wash from Grand Wash in Capitol Reef NP, is site where I slipped and [...]

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Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, star attractions in southwest UT.

Hoodoos, the lofty spires along Cedar Breaks red rock amphitheater, are visible and reming us of the hoodoos that make Bryce Canyon such a popular attraction.

Another view of Cedar Breaks lofty amphitheater, offset by cloud formations. Cedar Breaks National Monument’s red rock amphitheater is three miles across, and almost a 1/2 mile deep. From the observation points on the rim drive, well above 10,000 feet, temperatures can be cool during summer! View in Zion National Park, where the Virgin River [...]

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St. George, Utah, base camp to Utah state, national parks and outdoor adventure!

Jenny's Canyon is the reward for a short hike in Snow Canyon State Park, UT.

Top, Washington County Courthouse in St. George dates to the 1860s; bottom, red rocks are a staple of a tour through Snow Canyon State Park. Jenny’s Canyon is the reward for a short hike in Snow Canyon State Park, UT. Brigham Young’s winter home, in the 1870s, in St. George, UT. Make St. George, Utah, [...]

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Frugal travel across the US, Canada, the world: Affordable Travel Club and Evergreen Club

The Elk River and Canadian Rockies were just north and east of the Marchant's home in British Columbia.

David and Nancy Marchant, of Baynes Lake, British Columbia, were our first Affordable Travel Club hosts. Judy and Ward Lowrance, who introduced us to the Affordable Travel Club and invited us to split a house-sitting assignment in Seattle. A natural bridge slowly forms in Zion National Park, our destination in a week or so! Frugal [...]

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Be cool; moving up from tent camping to a classic travel trailer

Thinking of moving up from tent camping to a classic travel trailer? Be cool with the classics! Last week, I shared thoughts about moving from tent camping to small, newer travel trailers. I offered that small trailers share special qualities; they’re easy to maneuver into tight campsites, easy to store and can be towed with [...]

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    Viall is a local travel writer who retired in 2012 after 10 years as executive director of Stockton, CA's, Emergency Food Bank and six years with the Downtown Stockton Alliance. Previously, a 21-year career in daily newspapers helped shape his ... Read Full
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