I headed for new territory on this trip, covering several different areas.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Burr Trail Road
Burr Trail Road is, well, a road. But I used it as a way to get into hiking areas nearby, including those you see below.
Alstrom Point is, well, a point, i.e. a small place on the map, which presumably contains something interesting, in this case spectactular scenery. While it’s located in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, the road passes through other jurisdictions. Unusual for me, this was a driving trip with no hiking. (Sorry about that.) But the scenery along the way and at the Point was amazing.
On this trip, I visited a section of the Paria River that is north of the more well-known portion of the river, which I visited in Fall 2020.
One of most well-known hiking destinations Utah is The Wave in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Unrestricted visitation would soon ruin the place, so the BLM has a permit system for visitors. So many people want to get permits that they have a lottery system for entry. Fortunately, for the large majority who can’t get permits, there is White Pocket. It may not be The Wave, but it’s very cool.
Along the Hole-in-the-Rock Scenic Backway in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is a place called Egypt. (Technically, although your journey there goes through GSENM, Egypt itself is in Glen Canyon National Recrecation Area. Don’t you just love how complicated it is to describe these places?) It’s another fascinating place in a fascinating state.
Meanwhile, back along the road, …
Some gulch! There aren’t very many trails in the area, but this is one of them. I don’t know how much I followed the trail to reach this view, but I instantly knew that I could not simply return to the trailhead. I needed to continue off-trail for further adventure.
This is a very popular place, with a huge parking lot, an entrance fee and a half mile walk just to see a view that has been photographed a zillion times. But, of course, I had to do it. What do you think?