Hiking & Photography Trip
to
Central and Southern Utah

Fremont Indian State Park
Burr Trail Scenic Drive
Upper Calf Creek Falls
Zebra Canyon (Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Bryce Canyon National Park

Brian & Doug; September 2016

Travel Trip Photo: Tuff formations along day hike, Castle Rock Campground area, Fremont State Park, Utah

Brian and Doug took a road trip from the Denver, Colorado area to Fremont Indian State Park in Central Utah, then down and back around to the Escalante area and Bryce Canyon National Park, in September 2016.

Website photos, with captions, and slideshows (with music):
Fremont Indian State Park was our first overnight stop in Utah. It is located in Clear Creek Canyon in Sevier County and was the home of the Fremont Indians between 400 and 1,300 AD. We camped at Castle Rock Campground and spent the following morning exploring the tuff igneous formation just behind our campsite, as well as several of the trails within the park;
Rock Art at Fremont Indian State Park: While hiking we encountered a vast array of the beautiful Rock Art of the Fremont Indians, both Petroglyphs and Pictographs, including some by more recent inhabitants;
Escalante area & Burr Trail: That afternoon we drove down and around to Petrified Forest State Park just outside Escalante and set up camp, hour home for the next 5 nights. We had to take precautions to protect our gear and belongings from potential flooding, as there had been heavy wind and rain and more was predicted during our stay. The following day prooved to be such a day, so we decided to forego attempting to hike any slot canyons and, instead, toured the area and drove the Burr Trail Scenic Byway between Boulder and Waterpocket Fold, stopping for 2 short hikes along the way;
Upper Calf Creek Falls: The following morning the weather was still very margina, again too danger of flash flooding in slot canyons, so we headed north hike to Upper Calf Creek Falls in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, a re-visit of a 2009 hike. Along the way we stopped at overlooks and viewpoints to marvel at and photograph the surrounding scenery. The hike to Upper Calf Creek Falls is short and fairly steep, but the 125 foot high ribbon fall, with ponds above and below it at the end, are well worth the effort;
Zebra Slot Canyon: had been on our bucket list for years, and when there was a slight break in the weather, we decided to head out. Zebra is typically at least partially flooded, so we knew the chances of actually hiking this spectacular slot were slim to nil, and we met a couple who actually swam a section with wet suits. But the approach hike and exploring the plateau above Zebra made for a spectacular day in their own;
Bryce Canyon - Rim tour: Our final day returned us to marginal weather, so instead of attempting Peek-a-boo and Spooky slot canyons, the day was spent at Bryce Canyon National Park. In the morning we drove the rim, stopping at viewpoints drinking in the panoramas and beauty;
Bryce Canyon Hike: After lunch, we continued our exploration of Bryce Canyon National Park hiking the 5-7 mile loop of the Navajo and Queen's Garden trail, before returning to Escalante for our final night of camping in Utah.