Trip Reports: Two Weeks In The Canyons Of Utah - April 2014

Photos from two weeks of travel and hiking in the deserts and canyons of southern Utah, including the San Rafael Swell, Capitol Reef, Escalante, and Bryce Canyon.

Little Grand Canyon,San Rafael Swell,Utah, photo

Little Grand Canyon

A spring snowstorm passes over the Little Grand Canyon, through which the San Rafael River flows.

Chimney Canyon,San Rafael Swell,Utah, photo

Clouds Over Canyon

Storm clouds over a remote canyon in the San Rafeal Swell.

Chimney Canyon,San Rafael Swell,Utah, photo

Storm Over the Swell

Rain clouds pass over remote canyon country in southern Utah.

Chimney Canyon,San Rafael Swell,Utah, tree, photo

Stormy Juniper

Chimney Canyon,San Rafael Swell,Utah,campfire, photo

Campfire Over the Swell

Chimney Canyon,San Rafael Swell,Utah,campfire, photo
Bentonite,San Rafael Swell,Utah, photo

Bentonite Maze

A labyrinth of colorful bentonite hills.

Bentonite,San Rafael Swell,Utah, photo

Ice Cream Hills

Psychedelic landscape of raspberry cheesecake hills.

Bentonite,San Rafael Swell,Utah, photo

Bentonite Valley

Remote desert and bentonite hills in southern Utah.

Capitol Reef,Cathedral Valley,Utah, photo

Cosmic Beacons

Large-scale light painting amongst the spires of Cathedral Valley.

Capitol Reef,Cathedral Valley,Utah, photo

Temple of the Sun

Sunrise light in Lower Cathedral Valley.

Escalante, Escalante National Monument, Utah, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, photo

Henry Mountains Sunset

The Henry Mountains rise above the slickrock desert between Boulder and Escalante.

Choprock Canyon, Escalante, Utah, alcove, camping, tent, stars, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, photo

Camping under a huge alcove near the Escalante River.

Choprock Canyon, Escalante, Utah, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, photo

Glowing Passage

Hiking through a deep canyon tributary of the Escalante River.

Choprock Canyon, Escalante, Utah, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, photo

Canyon Bubble

A little whirlpool generates bubbles in a small canyon creek.

Boulder Mail Trail, Escalante, Escalante National Monument, Utah, tent, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, photo

Slickrock Camp

Sunset reflection in a small waterhole at our slickrock campsite along the Boulder Mail Trail.

Boulder Mail Trail, Escalante, Escalante National Monument, Utah, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, photo

Slickrock Sunrise

Sunrise illuminates a sea of slickrock along the Boulder Mail Trail between the towns of Escalante and Boulder.

Death Hollow, Escalante, Escalante National Monument, Utah, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, photo

Hiking through the river in Death Hollow.

Death Hollow, Escalante, Escalante National Monument, Utah, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, photo

Death Hollow Pond

A calm river pond deep in Death Hollow canyon.

Death Hollow, Escalante, Escalante National Monument, Utah, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, photo

Death Hollow Oasis

A paradisiacal oasis deep in Death Hollow.

Death Hollow, Escalante, Escalante National Monument, Utah, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, photo

Hiking through the river in Death Hollow.

Bryce Canyon,Utah, national park, photo

Stormy Bryce

Ominous stormy clouds over Bryce Canyon National Park - April.

Red Canyon,Utah, sunset, photo

Red Canyon Sunset

Sunset over Panguitch and the Sevier River valley as seen from Red Canyon.

Red Canyon,Utah, photo

The Coming Storm

Ominous clouds signal the approach of a spring storm - April.