Other Outdoor Recreation

Top 5 Tips to Ski Utah with Kids

Top 5 Tips to Ski Utah with Kids

We like to hike up the beautiful Wasatch Front Mountains in the warm months, but in the cold months our family prefers to ski down them. I married into a ski family that has been hitting the slopes on Powder Mountain Utah for generations. I […]

Crystal Hot Springs

Crystal Hot Springs

Crystal Hot Springs is one of the treasures of Northern Utah. If floating in a natural hot spring with beautiful mountain scenery above you sounds like your jam, then put this place on your bucket list! Crystal Hot Springs has the highest mineral content for […]

Road Trip to Southern California & Disneyland from Utah

Road Trip to Southern California & Disneyland from Utah

Once a year, I get to make a trip to an out-of-state national park and write up a crazy detailed trip itinerary for the website. However, this year we decided to treat our little ones to their first road trip to Disneyland! Why am I […]

The 6 Best Campgrounds in Utah for Families

The 6 Best Campgrounds in Utah for Families

I grew up in a family that thought a fancy family vacation meant packing up the tent and going camping. Now that I am raising my own little munchkin here in Utah, I have made it a goal to go camping as a family at […]

5 Best Trails to See Wildflowers in Utah

5 Best Trails to See Wildflowers in Utah

Spring comes late in Utah’s canyons – meaning the wildflowers bloom later than they do in the valley.  The best time to see wildflowers on the trails depends on two factors: (1) the temps (record highs can melt the snow faster, and bring an early […]

Tips and Review of Utah Lantern Festival

Tips and Review of Utah Lantern Festival

The Lantern Fest is my favorite event in Utah! Want to feel like you are living a fairy tale? Then you need to go to the Lantern Festival! (Tip: Use the promo code ROOKIE20 to get 20% off your tickets this August!)  I went to […]

Hidden Falls

Hidden Falls

The Hidden Falls trail up Big Cottonwood canyon is a short adventure good for a quick escape. The trail to Hidden Falls is extremely short, but you could easily combine it with the Mill B North trail (located at the same parking area). I haven’t completed […]

Tricks to Canyoneering the Zion Subway

Tricks to Canyoneering the Zion Subway

As this was my first time canyoneering, this post will give a beginner’s perspective on canyoneering the Subway (from the top-down) at Zion National Park. If you have never canyoneered the Subway (or anything), then this post will give you an idea of what surprises […]

Yellowstone National Park Weekend Trip

Yellowstone National Park Weekend Trip

Did you know West Yellowstone is only 4.5 hours from Salt Lake City?! If you are looking for a quick weekend trip (something other than Southern Utah or Bear Lake) then consider Yellowstone National Park! It would take a couple of years to see everything […]

5 Magical Southern Utah Swimming Holes

5 Magical Southern Utah Swimming Holes

I can’t think of a better place to jump in a swimming hole than the middle of a desert! Here are 5 southern Utah swimming holes that will help you beat the heat!  Commit to Leave No Trace: Some of these locations are real gems […]

5 Northern Utah Swimming Holes For Your Bucket List

5 Northern Utah Swimming Holes For Your Bucket List

These 5 northern Utah swimming holes need to go on your summer bucket list ASAP! Want a swimming hole with a waterfall? How about one inside a crater? How about a swimming hole surrounded by mountain scenery? Then keep reading… Commit to Leave No Trace: […]

Bridal Veil Falls Utah

Bridal Veil Falls Utah

Bridal Veil Falls is the tallest waterfall in the state! At Bridal Veils you can grill, camp, hike, bike, feed fish or splash around the bottom of the falls! Whether you are looking for a quick morning activity to get the family out or an […]

12 Beautiful Wheelchair Accessible Trails in Utah

12 Beautiful Wheelchair Accessible Trails in Utah

I’ve wanted to put a list of wheelchair accessible trails up on the site for quite some time. Hopefully, this list will come in handy for those that would like to hit the trails, but have a permanent or temporary physical disability (or just for […]

Play in Deer Creek Reservoir

Play in Deer Creek Reservoir

Look at that water! This place looked like a little heaven on earth, and the perfect place to be on a hot summer day! Overview: Whether you are looking to swim, boat, kayak or paddle board – Deer Creek Reservoir is the perfect place! This […]

Complete List of Parks & Firepits up Provo Canyon

Complete List of Parks & Firepits up Provo Canyon

Finding an available fire pit up Provo Canyon feels a lot like racing the crowd at Walmart on Black Friday! Zach and I personally went up the canyon to every single park and counted the number of fire pits available at each location. We also […]

Squaw Peak Overlook

Squaw Peak Overlook

Squaw Peak Overlook is the perfect place to watch the sunset glitter off Utah Lake as it sets behind the mountain ridge. Overview: At this overlook you will catch gorgeous views of Utah Lake and watch the city light up far below. Squaw Peak Overlook is […]

How to Wow Out-of-State Visitors in Utah

How to Wow Out-of-State Visitors in Utah

Want to impress your visiting family or friends with the beauty of Utah? Learn how to plan for things like altitude change so they have a good time! We’ve been getting readers emailing and asking us what hikes they should take their visiting family on. […]

Red Cliffs Recreation Area

Red Cliffs Recreation Area

The Red Cliffs Utah campgrounds is home to natural water slides, swimming holes, dinosaur tracks, Native American archeological sites and more! Overview: The Red Cliffs Recreation Area is a campsite near Leeds Utah, and it is quite possibly one of the best campsites you will […]

Fifth Water Hot Springs Trail

Fifth Water Hot Springs Trail

The Fifth Water trail leads to natural hot springs in the middle of Diamond Fork canyon! This place is a little heaven on earth where natural hot spring pools are fed by a beautiful waterfall. This hike needs to be on your bucket list! Overview: […]

The Secret Treasure of Utah Zion National Park

The Secret Treasure of Utah Zion National Park

Overview: To reach the Canyon Overlook trail, you need to hop in your car (since the shuttle doesn’t go that way). The drive is lovely and you get to go through a mile long tunnel! The parking for the trail is located right at the end of […]