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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 […]

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 […]

Silver Lake in American Fork Canyon

Silver Lake in American Fork Canyon

Silver Lake trail in AF canyon leads to is a pristine alpine lake and a couple of lovely waterfalls. This trail is only 4.8 miles round trip, but the elevation gain is tough. We did it with our toddler in her Deuter carrier and the […]

How to Plan the Best Olympic National Park Trip

How to Plan the Best Olympic National Park Trip

From the exotic rainforest waterfalls to the ombre blue Lake Crescent to the gorgeous beaches and tide pools…Olympic National Park is every outdoor enthusiasts dream vacation.  I swear if I could be a travel agent for National Parks my life would be fulfilled. I love […]

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 […]

Riverside Walk Zion

Riverside Walk Zion

The Riverside Walk in Zion is a family friendly trail that packs a punch. The trail offers stunning canyon views that are not to be missed. There are also little side trails that will take you to the sandy shores of the Virgin River. Personally, […]

5 Beautiful Dog Friendly Trails in Utah

5 Beautiful Dog Friendly Trails in Utah

To celebrate our new “dog friendly” tab on the site, we’ve rounded up 5 of our favorite dog friendly hikes in Utah! Disclaimer: I do not have a dog. Zach, sadly, is allergic. This list is based less on what a dog would love (I […]

Big Springs Hollow Trail

Big Springs Hollow Trail

The Big Spring Hollow trail near Provo offers scenic mountain views, aspen forests and lots of wooden bridges crossing babbling brooks. In short, I loved it. This trail is pretty level the whole way to the “hollow” part, but if you go past that, the […]

Lisa Falls

Lisa Falls

Lisa Falls is a seasonal waterfall located up Little Cottonwood canyon; it is a quirky little waterfall that cascades at an angle. The trail up to the falls follows a lovely little creek with some of the clearest water I’ve seen. The trail is short, […]

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 […]

3 Spring Waterfalls Ready to Hike Now!

3 Spring Waterfalls Ready to Hike Now!

I had to put sunscreen on yesterday! Sunscreen! The forecast is showing 80 degree temperatures, so I wanted to let you know which hikes (specifically waterfall hikes) are ready to hike now!   Spring is the best time to hike waterfalls in Utah (they tend […]

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: […]

Pa’rus Trail Zion

Pa’rus Trail Zion

Overview: The Pa’rus trail is a paved, family friendly trail in Zion National Park. This trail actually has some of the iconic views of the Virgin River with the red cliffs of Zion as a backdrop (the ones you typically see on Pinterest). If you plan […]

The Ultimate Guide to Timpanogos Summit

The Ultimate Guide to Timpanogos Summit

Have a mind to summit the second highest peak in the Wasatch front? Timp Summit is a beautiful, life-changing trail that everyone in Utah should do at least once! There is no better feeling than reaching the top of a mountain and looking at the world below […]

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 […]