Coronado National Memorial

This is it. The hike when I learned to ALWAYS be over-prepared – even on the most simple out and back hike. Getting Lost Hiking Coronado National Memorial When I got quite lost hiking Coronado National Memorial on what was supposed to be an easy outing near the border between the United States and …

south kaibab trail in the Grand Canyon

If hiking the Grand Canyon is on your bucket list but you only have a short amount of time, the South Kaibab Trail to Skeleton Point is for you! One of the most iconic day hikes of the Grand Canyon, the South Kaibab Trail has plenty of convenient turnaround points. If you have half …

Sonoran Desert Museum

From petroglyphs to fossilized bats to petrified poop, this is my “Perfect Day” in Tucson and the Sonoran Desert: It involves a walk along the easy Desert Loop Trail of the Tucson Desert Museum that is dotted with fossils and caves, and an easy walk along the Signal Hill Trail of the Saguaro National …

San Jose Mission at Tumacacori National Historical Park

I’m on a mission to get as many stamps in my National Parks passport as possible, so I was pretty excited to hear that I could get two stamps for walking the Anza Trail from Tumacácori to Tubac. AND a pin! I parked at Tumacácori National Historical Park and took a free shuttle to …

Kolob Canyons at Zion National Park: the secret way to see the park!

Shhh…it’s a secret! The Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park is quiet. Seriously quiet. The experience here is far different from the shuttle buses at the main visitor center of Zion 40 miles to the south. 

Ranger on the Anza Trail between Tubac and Tumacacori

The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail traces the 1,200-mile historic route of Juan Bautista de Anza who left Mexico in 1775 and – along with 300 colonists – traveled all the way to California, creating an overland route to what we now call San Francisco.  The trail, which is the first international …