Nearly everyone seems to have a bucket list of things to do, see, and experience before they move on to the next universe. As an outdoor educator, Yellowstone park ranger, naturalist guide, and nature mentor, I’ve been lucky to list and check-off my share of amazing national parks. While it’s hard to suggest places or […]
Sometimes you want to go deep—take the time and make the effort to get to know one inscrutable place. This trip is that. You settle into a comfortable, out-of-the-way lodge with fabulous food then head out every day on phenomenal guided hikes in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This was the last part of the Lower 48 to be mapped, and it can still feel like terra incognita. Not only is there not a staircase (the name refers to a stepped series of rock plateaus that stretch from Grand Canyon to Bryce Canyon), there’s not even an official monument entrance. Local guides are key to exploring GSENM, and yours are local and they’re the best.