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Willis Creek

Willis Creek

Description Willis Creek is a narrow canyon with sculpted sandstone walls that tower up to 300 feet above the stream...

The Wave and North Coyote Buttes

The Wave and North Coyote Buttes

Description The Southwest is packed with strange landscapes, but The Wave offers a special brand of surrealism. No artist could have...

Buckskin Gulch

Buckskin Gulch

Description The grandeur of Buckskin Gulch is almost oppressive. Some landscapes subtly affirm nature’s mastery of the sublime. There’s nothing...

Indian Paintbrush on Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Description Just west of Cottonwood Creek in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, great lumps of Navajo sandstone lie jumbled on...

Jacob City: A Ghost of Utah’s Past

Jacob City: A Ghost of Utah’s Past

The Ford Bronco II pitched and rolled up the narrow canyon. It’s oversized rear windows afforded a crystalline view into...

Naturalist Basin

Naturalist Basin

Oblique rays of golden light sliced like laser beams between thick columns of pine. The sharp illumination at our backs...

The Lakes Backcountry

The Lakes Backcountry

The Lakes Backcountry, as it’s referred to by the Forest Service, is a prodigious chunk of roadless land almost one...

Hackberry Canyon

Hackberry Canyon

The shallow stream ripples quietly across a flat bed of fine sand, bracketed on each side by willow thickets. The canyon widens as it cuts through the colorful Moenave and Chinle formations...

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Please excuse the mess while I get things set up. I’m excited to continue adding new material.

Get information, get inspired, and get outside. This site is devoted to enjoyment of the American backcountry, and its rich natural offerings. From high alpine lakes and wetlands to the abstruse sandstone formations of Cedar Mesa, the American West has it all.

 Right now the site primarily focuses on places I’ve been, with an emphasis on the Southwestern United States. In the future, I hope to add much more.

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