A Return To Canyon Country

“Hey, Mike, what’s up?” my brother Rob asked. “You want to head to the desert this weekend?” I inquired over the phone. “The weather looks...

A Return To Canyon Country

Backpacking Buckskin Gulch

The moment was peculiar, I noticed, when Matt Walker tossed an inflatable pool toy into our shopping cart. Polygamous women and girls wandered the aisles...

Backpacking Buckskin Gulch

Desert Dog

Chapter 1 This is the most beautiful place on earth, but of course like Cactus Ed Abbey said, every person carries in their heart an image of the ideal place, the right...

Desert Dog

Gravel is Just Baby Rocks

  I’ve been riding and racing bikes for over 30 years. At different points during this time, I’ve focused my interest and energy on riding and...

Gravel is Just Baby Rocks

Riding the Pony Express

As temperatures cool with the much-anticipated advent of fall in Utah, most local recreators start thinking again about the desert adventures that seem a...

Riding the Pony Express


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2017/2018 Speaker Series at Snowbird

2017/2018 Speaker Series at Snowbird

Utah Adventure Journal, in conjunction with Snowbird Resort is pleased to announce the 2017/2018 Adventure Speaker Series, taking place at the Wildflower Lounge at the Iron Blosam Lodge at Snowbird, on seven Thursday nights this winter.  Come and meet some prominent adventurers, and hear their motivating and inspiring tales of high adventure from around the […]

The Place Where My Heart Dwells

The Place Where My Heart Dwells

“The desert lies beneath and soars beyond any possible human qualification. Therefore, sublime.” – Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire   Everyone has a place, their place. The corner of the earth that reminds us we are living animals, the sweet spot of subliminal bliss. You know that place. When our piece of peace becomes more than […]

A Return To Canyon Country

A Return To Canyon Country

“Hey, Mike, what’s up?” my brother Rob asked. “You want to head to the desert this weekend?” I inquired over the phone. “The weather looks ideal.” We both began to pack. Some trips are well planned; others are spur of the moment breaks from reality. This was one of those trips.   The fall desert […]

Backpacking Buckskin Gulch

Backpacking Buckskin Gulch

The moment was peculiar, I noticed, when Matt Walker tossed an inflatable pool toy into our shopping cart. Polygamous women and girls wandered the aisles in grubby prairie dresses, wearing hair so big they could paint the ceiling by just walking beneath it. Also in the cart, an assortment of the usual last-minute trip essentials. […]

Desert Dog

Desert Dog

Chapter 1 This is the most beautiful place on earth, but of course like Cactus Ed Abbey said, every person carries in their heart an image of the ideal place, the right place. This is just the right place for me. But, right now, something is not right, and its pitch black anyways, no beauty […]

Gravel is Just Baby Rocks

Gravel is Just Baby Rocks

  I’ve been riding and racing bikes for over 30 years. At different points during this time, I’ve focused my interest and energy on riding and racing road, mountain, and cyclocross bikes, For the better part of that time, I have struggled to give an adequate explanation to my non-cycling enthusiast friends when asked about […]

Riding the Pony Express

Riding the Pony Express

As temperatures cool with the much-anticipated advent of fall in Utah, most local recreators start thinking again about the desert adventures that seem a bit daunting in the heat and big monsoons of summer. Most of those thoughts focus on the famous spots in southern Utah like Canyonlands, Robber’s Roost, Cedar Mesa, and the myriad […]

Zinke

Zinke “Listens”

After the Interior Secretary’s tour of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments, Proponents say their voice has been anything but heard. In a video long on white guys in cowboy hats, the U.S. Department of the Interior has documented Secretary Ryan Zinke’s early May visit to the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase/Escalante national […]

It's the End of Outdoor Retailer as We Know It

It’s the End of Outdoor Retailer as We Know It

Since the 90’s Salt Lake has been home to the OR Show and it is the tour de force of the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA). Well known as a venue for unveiling new products and innovation, pre-season orders, and the biggest gathering of the Outdoor Industry in the US, OR is now gaining political clout […]

1878- Murder in Escalante Canyon

1878- Murder in Escalante Canyon

ISOLATION, TORMENT, AND REMORSE On November 30, 1878, John Boynton shot and killed Washington Phipps in Southern Utah’s Escalante River Canyon near Calf Creek. Late that day, he rode fifteen miles to the settlement of Potato Valley—now the town of Escalante–to turn himself in. Following Boynton’s directions, the Deputy Sheriff found Phipps and buried him […]

Summer Beer Review

Summer Beer Review

Each year, Utah breweries release seasonal beers that pair well with their respective time on the calendar. Autumn’s required drinking includes Oktoberfest styles. Winter calls for dark, boozy ales. During spring, fruit beers blossom in liquor stores everywhere. But summer, ah summer. No seasonal beer-style quite matches up with the season like those of the […]

Cathedral Traverse- Ups and Downs in the Tetons

Cathedral Traverse- Ups and Downs in the Tetons

Clouds had been building for a few hours, but we kept climbing. Rain and sun alternated for 24 hours, but the last six were bluebird. We’d finally begun belayed climbing, on the beautiful “Dog Ear Pitch.” I led steeply out of the Gunsight Notch between The Grandstand and Mt. Owen’s sawtoothed South Ridge. Protection was […]

Walking Over Water- Traversing Stansbury Island

Walking Over Water- Traversing Stansbury Island

There’s a spring in my step as I bound on and off of quartzite boulders, rising as I do above the north tip of Stansbury Island in the Great Salt Lake. Windy conditions have rendered fishing for brine shrimp eggs unproductive, so we fishermen have the afternoon off. Since I was fishing nearby in Carrington […]

Bonanza Flats Conservation Deadline Approaching

Bonanza Flats Conservation Deadline Approaching

Bonanza Flats Conservation Deadline Extended By Tom Diegel   The Central Wasatch mountains have always been an complex patchwork of ownership, use, claims, and jurisdiction: three counties, a dozen cities, two state highways, three watersheds, seven ski resorts, thousands of residents, and thousands of acres of wilderness are all packed into a very small area.   […]

Marie Ogden and the Home of Truth

Marie Ogden and the Home of Truth

  Everyone who climbs in Indian Creek, part of the new Bears Ears National Monument, drives a two-lane road off the paved highway south of Moab to get to the historic Dugout Ranch and the spires at Indian Creek. Along the way are old houses and cabins in a place called Dry Valley. Most climbers […]