useful resources
Trail sites

Roadtrip Ryan

Anasazi Hikes

Todd's Hiking Guide

GJ Hikes



Nature / History / Travel / Philosophy


Edward Abbey

Desert Solitaire


Craig Childs

The Secret Knowledge of Water

Soul of Nowhere

House of Rain

The Way Out

Finders Keepers


Terry Tempest Williams



Frank McNitt

Richard Wetherill - Anasazi


Davis Petersen

Cedar Mesa - A Place Where Spirits Dwell


WL Rusho

A Vagabond for Beauty


Anne Zwinger

Wind in the Rock


David Roberts

In Search of the Old Ones

Sandstone Spine


Robert S McPherson

Comb Ridge and its People


Hiking Guides


Peter Tassoni

A Hiking Guide to Cedar Mesa


Bill Schneider

Exploring Canyonlands & Arches National Parks


Ron Adkinson

Hiking Grand Staircase Escalante and the Glen Canyon Region


Dave Wilson

Hiking Ruins Rarely Seen


Michael Kelsey

Canyonlands National Park

Canyon Hiking Guide to the Colorado Plateau

Hiking and Exploring Utah’s San Rafael Swell


David Day

Utah’s Favourite Hiking Trails


Jim Beard

Cedar Mesa Hikes


Fran & Terby Barnes

Moab Country Day Hikes

More Moab Country Day Hikes




Rick Kaylin

Tom Till

Rick Schafer






My wife, Berni, for most of the photographs, and my son, Sam, for his uncomplaining attitude while hiking a 10-miler in 100 degrees when I'm sure he'd sometimes rather have been at the beach.


Chip, Alison, Mitch and Sarah Mellor, our hiking partners for many years, who’ve become firm friends. We have the kind of bond that can only be formed from fun, adversity and an unconditional love of this terrain.


Photographer Richard Kaylin, who’s also accompanied us over many miles, and likes nothing better than standing on a lonely mesa in the middle of the night in the heart of a storm, cameras at the ready. Rick has provided some incredible images featured on this site, including the main header image of Arches National Park.


Our good friend Douggie O’Neons in the UK who first recommended SE Utah to us, after he shot a couple of movies and commercials there.


Jim and Luanne Hook at Recapture Lodge in Bluff who’ve looked after us on many occasions. Few people know the Cedar Mesa area better than Jim (which is why he appears to be acknowledged in so many books).


The staff at Twin Rocks Restaurant in Bluff (and, in particular, Craig Simpson, who’s now moved on to the Stone Lizard Lodging motel in Blanding) who’ve fed and watered us, as well as suggesting hikes and even creating maps.


The good people at the BLM office in Monticello who’ve poured over maps with me on many occasions.


The staff of hospitals in Monticello and Moab who’ve tended to our collective wounds.


Rick Schafer and numerous other Utahns who’ve been very helpful with trail info.

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