Excellent article. Another really beautiful place to hike is the Kolob Canyons
area of Zion National Park. The scenery there is breathtaking, and it is loaded
with hiking trails. I just hiked Taylor Creek trail yesterday with my grandkids.
It was a strenuous hike and we did it in the heat of the day (big mistake) But
it is a great hike. You get right under some very towering Zion peaks.
A nice list, but a technical geographic quibble vis-a-vis the headline. The
destinations in the San Rafael Swell, Hanksville, Capitol Reef, and Boulder
(that comprise about the first half of the list) are well east of the center
line of the state. It's hardly accurate to call them
"southwestern" Utah. Escalante is about smack in the middle, so
I'll give it a pass.I know we have our different mental
pictures of Utah geography that don't always match a map (a lot of people
think Price is in southern Utah, though it is north of the middle). For me,
"southwest Utah" mentally is west of US-89 (well, to be totally honest,
it's really just that little corner southwest of Cedar City) and
"southeast" is east of the Green River. Where that leaves Kanab and the
Kaiparowits is anybody's guess.
You have left off at least three or four other places to visit that need to
mentioned. 1. the Coral Pink Sand Dunes. More ATV, Dirt Bike and 4WD
commercials have been shot here than nearly anywhere else. It is just 20 miles
from either Kanab or Orderville. Great place to hike even without an ATV.2. Cedar Breaks National Monument - a mini Bryce Canyon type of place near
Brianhead Ski resort on Cedar Mountain.3. The Grand Staircase - too many
different sections to describe here, but slot canyons and red cliffs galore.4. Cedar Mountain - Navajo Lake, volcanic caves, and trout fishing just to
name a few. Site of many movies.5. Beaver MountainWhile
technically not in Utah but most accessible routes to them are through Utah, the
North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and Great Basin National Parks.
Very helpful article and a fun read. Please keep these coming!
Great stuff! We need to get back down there!