Beta Guide: Ahab Peak

Ahab Peak

Ahab Peak Ahab Peak Ahab Peak is the tallest of the numerous peaks within Snow Canyon State Park in Ivins, Utah (as opposed to being part of the rim of the canyon or part of the Red Mountain plateau.) Making up the central portion of the peaks in Snow Canyon, Ahab Peak …

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Beta Guide: Wire Pass Slot Canyon: Beyond the Boundary

Trail length: It took us about four hours for the approximately 3.4 mile round trip—we walked slow, took many photos, and had a leisurely lunch at the confluence. Elevation gain: This is an easy hike with less than a 200 feet elevation change and some not too difficult rock scrambling. Family friendly: …

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Beta Guide: Kayenta Hellhole

Kayenta Hellhole

Kayenta Hellhole   Kayenta Hellhole The Kayenta Hellhole is a pair of parallel canyons surrounded by thousand-foot high walls, an off-the-beaten-path hike that leads to a cool oasis a short distance from the community of Kayenta. The Hellhole is anything but hellish. With otherworldly views, fun scrambling opportunities and a …

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Beta Guide: Epic Babylon Loop

Epic Babylon Loop

Epic Babylon Loop Epic Babylon Loop All hail the Epic Babylon Loop! The Babylon section of the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve (the RCDR shares identical borders as the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area) is a stunning part of what is an amazing, 62,000-acre wildlife reserve set aside to protect the …

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Beta Rock Guide: The Cone (West Cedar Crags)

The Cone

The Cone (West Cedar Crags) The Cone (West Cedar Crags) The Cone is a tiny crag located about halfway between Cedar City and Newcastle on state Route 56. Conveniently located just feet from the highway, this rock has about as easy an approach as one could ask for. It literally …

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Beta Guide: Whiterocks Amphitheater

Whiterocks Amphitheater

Whiterocks Amphitheater Whiterocks Amphitheater The Whiterocks Amphitheater is a small but spectacular bowl set beneath numerous jagged peaks at the far northern end of Snow Canyon State Park. The trail is short — less than half a mile one-way — making it ideal for young hikers. For those with a …

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Beta Guide: Blake-Gubler Trail

Blake Gubler Trail

Blake Gubler Trail Blake Gubler Trail In an area blessed with spectacular trails, the Blake Gubler Trail stands out as one of the most gorgeous trails in southern Utah. The route leads through stands of mountain mahogany, castle-like rock formations composed of walls, spires, fingers and splintery towers, and ending …

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Beta Guide: Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Site

Little Black Mountain

Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Site Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Site Southern Utah, and the greater southwest in general, is widely known for its collections of ancient petroglyphs, rock carvings that can be as much as 2000 years old. The area surrounding St. George is blessed with a lot of these …

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Beta Guide: Progeny Peak, Two Pines Arch

Progeny Peak

Progeny Peak, Two Pines Arch Progeny Peak, Two Pines Arch The Progeny Peak and Two Pines Arch hike is a superb adventure, with a ridiculous amount of scenery packed into its two-mile (roundtrip) length. Located in the eastern portion of Zion National Park, the views from the summit of Progeny …

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Beta Guide: The Vortex

The Vortex

Beta Guide: The Vortex   Beta Guide: The Vortex The Vortex is a scenic, easy hike that leads to one of the most sublime areas in southern Utah, a spot that borders on spiritual. The trail leads through lava rock, a (mostly) year-round stream, gorgeous slickrock, a sublime valley that …

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