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They Painted in the Canyons: Archaic Artists on the Colorado Plateau from 9,000 years ago

They Painted in the Canyons: Archaic Artists on the Colorado Plateau from 9,000 years ago

Of the thousands of Native American rock art panels in the Southwest, none are older than Barrier Canyon pictographs found throughout the Colorado Plateau and concentrated along rivers, especially the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers. From tiny five-inch animal figures to stunning eight-foot tall human shapes with no arms or legs and alien-like […]

Putting in the Work

Putting in the Work

After exiting Interstate 70, the Land Cruiser immediately touched dirt.  “Where is the entrance to Capitol Reef?”  My wife, Louise asked.  Yep, Utah’s National Parks are stunning and undeniably increasingly popular. However, Capitol Reef is one of the least visited national parks. “We’ll travel south a few miles and then enter the park.”  I replied.   The […]

Dads,Daughters, Desert

Dads,Daughters, Desert

It was late.  Late in terms of bedtime. “Dad, where’s Maddie?” Lilly asked. “We’ll find her shortly.” I responded. Lilly asked in a sweet, “I want something,” voice.  “Can we have a campfire once we get there?” “It’s already past your bedtime.  Once we get there, we’ll setup the tent and get some rest.” “Mommy, won’t find […]

The World's Biggest Backcountry Party

The World’s Biggest Backcountry Party

On September 13 the tent will once again be raised in the Black Diamond Equipment parking lot to celebrate the 25thedition of the Best Party in Utah:  the Utah Avalanche Center’s annual Fall Fundraiser.  From its humble beginnings in a house due to a tragic event to a serious hoedown with over a thousand people, the […]

Loose Lids and Tight Spots

Loose Lids and Tight Spots

Since my first introduction to canyoneering I had been telling various friends around the country how great it was and how they should come to Utah to give it a go.  Several folks gave me a reply along the lines of “indeed, canyon hiking is great. I’ve done the Bell Canyon/Little Wild Horse canyon loop, […]

The Lake Powell Paradox

The Lake Powell Paradox

  My Dad grew up on a 2,300-acre ranch in Big Sky Country. His life was embedded in livestock, crops, and weather. On the ranch, there wasn’t the type of nature separation we experience today. Life was the elements. My Dads upbringing heavily influenced my parent’s choice when purchasing their first home. He was no […]

Of Cows and Climbers

Of Cows and Climbers

I cranked hard on my bike pedals through a cloudy soup of brown dust. It was a creek bottom torn up into a 4×4 farm road, and was not meant to be ridden by an old mountain bike. The track certainly wasn’t meant to be ridden by a dirtbag laden with climbing gear en route […]

From the Silver Dollar Bar to the Bears Ears Education Center

From the Silver Dollar Bar to the Bears Ears Education Center

  The small desert town of Bluff, Utah is experiencing a canyon country renaissance. A dozen new tourist cabins are going up. A 54-unit resort is being built. A former trading post is a thriving restaurant, and the old Silver Dollar Bar built in 1955 has found new life as a forthcoming Bears Ears Education […]

Bike Beast

Bike Beast

A few years ago I went to the Air and Space Museum in DC and was excited to see that they had an original Wright Brothers’ bike there; it was a great reminder that not only did these bike builders use their experience to create manned flight, but also that despite the fact that bikes […]

The Camping Compromise

The Camping Compromise

  Nothing ruins a carefully-curated outdoorsy image faster than having a child, and camping is the first activity that fades into the Outer Darkness. I determined this while purchasing something I once swore I would never buy – a camper. In scripture, Outer Darkness is a place in which a person, generally of the wicked […]

Sina Solouksaran- The Banished Mountain Biker

Sina Solouksaran- The Banished Mountain Biker

What would you do to fulfill your potential and follow your dreams? In the spring of 2017 Sina Solouksaran, was fit and focused. Banished from Iran in 2011 due to religious persecution he’d endured years of uncertainty as a refugee. 2016 saw him working a fulltime job and racing in Colorado where he competed in […]

Build it and They Will come

Build it and They Will come

  “Morning, Ed.  Hey, what are you doing this weekend?”  I inquired over the phone. “Nothing, what’s up?”  Ed responded. “You want to head to Cedar City to mountain bike?” “Cedar City?  Mountain biking?  I didn’t know Cedar City had any riding. Mike, we live in Park City.  There’s a ton of biking here.” “I […]

Just North of Town

Just North of Town

  Beyond the Iron Curtain of refinery smokestacks in North Salt Lake, there lies ample opportunity for mountain bikers to explore developing trail systems and escape the crowded core of the central Wasatch.  The drive to Davis County is often performed by commuters searching for a paycheck rather than by bikers with an eye for […]

Summer Beer Review

Summer Beer Review

  New Brews to Keep Your Summer Tasty The mountains are green, the air is hot, and your beer better be cold. Summer is in full swing in Utah and our state’s breweries are churning out seasonal brews that are light and refreshing. Perhaps you’re tailgating at a trailhead after a long mountain bike ride. […]

Superette Crack and the Dove Creek Wall

Superette Crack and the Dove Creek Wall

  An excerpt from Luke Mehall’s upcoming book, The Desert     We had some unfinished business before we embarked on developing this new wall, way, way back in a forgotten corner of this land we call Indian Creek. There was another wall, The Dove Creek Wall that we’d been developing in the main canyon. […]