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My Ten Favorite Trip Reports of 2017

Continuing my annual tradition, I have selected ten of my favorite trip reports from 2017 and shared them below in chronological order. As usual, we went on a lot of great trips this year so it was difficult to only choose a few, but these ten trip reports really stood out the most to me after looking back through the year. Click on the title to see the full report and enjoy!

If you are interested in checking out my selections from previous years, you can find those here:  [2016]  [2015]  [2014]  [2013]  [2012]  [2011]


Our very first trip into the newly designated Bears Ears National Monument was a good one over President’s Day Weekend.

I had dreamed of spending a night in White Sands National Monument for a long time and was happy to finally get the chance on our Honeymoon Adventure this year.

I spent a lot of time this year trying to go to places that have been on my to-do list for a very long time, and visiting the amazing Barrier Canyon Style pictographs in Virgin Spring Canyon was one of those places.

I had a great weekend backpacking through Jones Hole to the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument.

We spent a nice spring weekend in Capitol Reef National Park visiting a pair of canyons I’ve wanted to hike for a long time.

As usual, we spent our Memorial Day Weekend in The Maze District of Canyonlands National Park and had a nice time.

Spending a night in the Great Sand Dunes of Colorado has been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Unfortunately, things don’t always work out the way you planned. Make sure to check out this trip report to see how our memorable adventure went down.

We finally had an opportunity to hike to the summit of Culebra Peak this summer and had amazing conditions throughout the day.

Not only did we get to witness our very first Total Solar Eclipse on this trip, we also spent a few nights in the Wind River Range for the very first time. I can assure you it won’t be our last time exploring this mountain range.

We spent an unseasonable warm Thanksgiving Weekend exploring the secrets of Bears Ears National Monument. Of course, shortly after this trip it became apparent that the future of this National Monument is uncertain.