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Hike Hidden Haven near Parowan

Hidden Haven in Parowan! Who's hiked this before? Not us! This easy hike is 1.4 miles that ends at a waterfall. We've literally driven by this hike SOO many times. This giant sign is there to tell the world and we just drove by it like three times this year already. Once when we were at Brian Head during our Cedar City Staycation and then another time when we were driving through the canyon on the way home from Bryce Canyon Staycation. It only took a family reunion to get us to this sweet hike and we ALMOST didn't even

McConkie Ranch Petroglyphs | 12 Utah Staycations

You know we love roadside oddities here at The Salt Project. Need we say more. So we were thrilled to find McConkie Ranch just outside of Vernal on our last day in town. Everything seems totally normal until... ... until you pull into the parking lot. That's when things get super amazing! I'm mean, we were in oddity heaven as we started exploring this place. They even had a lizard in the shack. Nice touch McConkie Ranch. Equally parts creepy and charming. The ranch is privately owned by a sweet couple that also cares for the grounds and allows the

Red Fleet Dinosaur Track Hike | 12 Utah Staycations

Hiking Red Fleet Dinosaur Track was AMAZING! This 3 mile roundtrip hike is well marked and so fun. We had a very busy couple of days, so we decided to leave the kids back at the Dinosaur Inn to rest with Steph's husband and head out for a little night hike.​ The coolest part of this trail is that it has dino tracks printed along the entire thing. At first we thought it was a real track, but then we realized it was a trail marker. So clever. This trail is very hard to follow, not a clear path, so

Girl's Weekend Getaway with Red Mountain Resort!

Red Mountain Resort is tucked away in Southern Utah, near St. George in Ivins Utah. It's literally the last thing between you and Snow Canyon State Park. They own acres of desert that are right next to Snow Canyon State Park, so their views will LITERALLY never change. Red Mountain Resort is beautiful in every way. It wasn't what I was expecting and it was SO much more! We haven't done a Girl's Trip on The Salt Project ever. Never once. I'm still kind of blown away by this fact! So when Red Mountain Resort reached out about a partnership

Paris Springs Hike at Paris Springs Campground | 12 Utah Staycations

After eating a delicous Picnic at the Paris Tabernacle, we set our sights upon Paris Springs! Stephanie had visited Paris Springs years ago and said she thought they were hot Springs. You know The Salt Project loves Hot Springs! Come to find out, they aren't HOT at all! Haha. Either way, it's a beautiful place to visit. Paris Springs is actually located inside of Paris Springs Campground in Idaho. The kids are always looking for some kind of wildlife and this time we found a snake! Driving through the campground we noticed multiple birdhouses, they looked handmade too. The Paris
Hobbit Caves | 12 Utah Staycations steph Mon, 06/03/2019 - 12:00
This is THE COOLEST hike if you can call it a hike. Basically, you park right next to a river, cross the river and you are at your destination, the Hobbit Caves! Both Harmony and Stephanie are barely 5' tall, so we felt right at home here in HOBBITON. Of course, after you explore the caves, you can follow the trail along the river for quite a ways. We didn't track how far it goes back but we did explore all over the area. Getting down to the river is a little steep but totally doable. We had 3 adults

Limber Pine Trail | 12 Utah Staycations

This is an awesome hike for littles! Which means it was very enjoyable for Harmony and I. Happy kids means happy moms! It's a simple 1.3 mile loop with 13 signs along the way that talk about the area. Educational bonus points for this one. And speaking of educational, when my kids got out of the car I took one look at them and said "y'all look like you're homeschooled"! It's ok, I can say that because we indeed homeschool, we just don't usually "look" like we homeschool. Always best to get a group photo "before" the hike. May 30th
Willis Creek Slot Canyon | 12 Utah Staycations harm Sat, 04/27/2019 - 21:01
Willis Creek Slot Canyon is located in Kane County in Kanab! It's a super sweet slod canyon that's more of a walk-as-far-as-you-want hike. We’d been told by the Activity Spot in Ruby’s Inn that Willis Creek Slot Canyon was THE coolest family-friendly hike. So, of COURSE, we had to go. Willis Creek Slot Canyon is about 20 miles away from Ruby’s Inn. Half of the trip is on a paved road, while the rest is all dirt road. The gal at the Activities Desk said she’s just been the Sunday before and didn’t need 4WD at all. The dirt road

Hiking Shakespeare Arch & Sentinel Traill | Kodachrome Basin State Park | 12 Utah Staycations

Man, I’d seen a few photos of Kodachrome Basin State Park and KNEW we needed to visit! Kodachrome State Park was named after Kodak Film in the 1940s which had just come out with color film. Kodachrome is known for their chimney like spires that jut out all over the ground. We hadn’t packed lunch, so we knew we probably had limited time before everyone got hangry. I asked the ranger which hike he would do if he could only do one and do it with a bunch of kids. He suggested Shakespeare Arch and Sentinal Hike. It was only

Red Canyon | 12 Utah Staycations

I’ve been by Red Canyon quite a few times before but have never stopped. This time, I made sure it was on the itinerary. After swimming at the hotel and eating some dinner at the Cowboy Buffet and Steak House we decided to do a quick trip to Red Canyon and go exploring. Red Canyon Visitor Center has very limited hours, so we weren’t able to go inside, but we did explore. It was SO much fun. We followed some trails and then climbed some big boulders. While Bryce Canyon National Park is magical in its own right, Red Canyon
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