Valley Of The Gods Camping Mexican Hat

One of our bucket list items on our trip through Utah was to camp out at the incredible Valley of the Gods which is located in the Mexican Hat area.

A few years ago we discovered the Valley of the Gods while driving through the area and were so taken by its beauty that we were looking forward to coming back one day and spending a few days of free camping in the midst of the stunning monoliths, pinnacles and rock formations that were eroded by wind and water over time.

Since the Valley of the Gods is owned by the Bureau of Land Management, which is the administration that oversees public land, wild camping is free and open to the public: https://www.blm.gov/visit/search-deta…

This means dry camping without any amenities, carry in and carry out and leaving no trace is an important part of wild camping on this public land. Since Monument Valley is only a short drive away we combined a visit to these iconic desert landscapes and enjoyed a couple relaxing nights under the stars. The night sky is incredible out there and one can see the Milky Way with the bare eye. A great place for night photography for sure. The gravel and dirt road through the Valley of the Gods is a 17 mile long loop which is great for mountain biking, hiking or taking a scenic drive.

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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Colorado – Goosenecks State Park Utah

After one and a half months of vanlife around Colorado we made our way towards Utah via Cortez, located on the Southwest corner of Colorado. From there we drove through the Canyons of the Ancients to Mexican Hat and visited the stunning Goosenecks State Park.

We planned to explore the stunning Canyons of the Ancients National Monument but due to several days of pouring rain we chose to instead visit the Anasazi Heritage Center, located in Dolores, Colorado. The museum offers a beautiful exhibit with artifacts and tools from the ancient people with education on the Anasazi culture and film documentaries and photo exhibits.

We stayed a couple of days in Cortez to get some work done at the Spruce Tree Espresso House, a cafe with delicious coffee and tea, smoothies and vegetarian and vegan food options as well as free wifi and lots of seating which is a welcoming way to get some work done as a digital nomad.

The small town has a couple of different restaurants and we especially loved the farm to table food at The Farm Bistro.

We were delighted to find a great yoga studio called Heart and Core Yoga Studio where we enjoyed a great vinyasa flow class. After speaking to the teacher who is also a homesteader we met the next day for an interview on sustainable living, check out the interview.

After a few days in Cortez, we made our way into the State of Utah and visited the incredible Goosenecks State Park, a state park with picnic area and campsites located in Balding UT where we took a hike along the canyon and enjoyed the gorgeous views:
https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/goosenecks/

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Spooky Slot Canyon Hiking Trail – Grand Staircase-Escalante

Spooky Gulch is a beautiful Slot Canyon located at Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. The access takes some effort but it’s definitely worth the trip. The trailhead is located 32 miles south of the town of Escalante and the drive to the trailhead is not for the faint of souls as one has to drive 26 miles on a very uneven gravel/dirt road with some washed-out patches and bumps. Once at the trailhead, it’s another adventure to find the entrance to the slot canyon as the trail is not clearly marked. There are two slot canyons to explore: the Peek-a-boo and Spooky Gulch which are located near each other and can be combined for a fun loop hike.

We started our Grand Staircase Escalante adventure in the town of Boulder, Utah where we visited the Anasazi State Park Museum: https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/ana… and explored the landscape along the Burr Trail (which leads from Boulder to Glen Canyon), then indulged in a delicious Farm to Table dinner at Hell’s Backbone Grill: https://hellsbackbonegrill.com/

The next day we made our way along the stunning Utah Scenic Byway 12 from Boulder to Escalante, stopped at the beautiful Kiva Coffeehouse: http://kivakoffeehouse.com/ for breakfast and enjoyed stunning view. From there we drove to the trailhead and hiked to Spooky Gulch and Peek-a-boo Gulch for a fun day of exploring and hiking the surrounding landscape. We fell in love with the landscape at Grand Staircase Escalante and highly recommend a visit! Thanks for subscribing to our channel!

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Sustainable Living: Austin Orchards Fruit & Vegetable Farm in Garfield, Texas

Our travel through Texas led us to Austin Orchards, a beautiful small family friendly orchard in Garfield just outside of Austin.



The farm grows peaches, pomegranates, figs, blackberries, strawberries, plums, pears, oranges and vegetables and generates multiple types of jams, and canned goods. The orchard uses only natural and pesticide free practices and the fruits, veggies and goods are sold at local farmers markets as well as directly to local restaurants and vendors in Austin and Dallas and the surrounding area: https://www.facebook.com/austinTXorch…

Our travel through Texas led us to Austin Orchards, a beautiful small family friendly orchard in Garfield just outside of Austin. The farm grows peaches, pomegranates, figs, blackberries, strawberries, plums, pears, oranges and vegetables and generates multiple types of jams, and canned goods. The orchard uses only natural and pesticide free practices and the fruits, veggies and goods are sold at local farmers markets as well as directly to local restaurants and vendors in Austin and Dallas and the surrounding area: https://www.facebook.com/austinTXorch…

We had a great time visiting Austin Orchards and were so happy to spend a night at this beautiful farm thanks to the Harvest Hosts program: http://harvesthosts.refr.cc/wandergreen

During our stay we had the honor to speak to Manager Justin Sawyer who showed us around the orchard and educated us on natural growing practices, cutting and up-keeping of trees, pesticide free farming practices and more. We tasted and bought a few jars of their delicious Peach BBQ sauce, Peach jam and Peach butter and learned so much from Justin who is also a full-time RVer and currently works on Austin Orchards as the farm manager. Check out is blog here: https://ratpackdrifters.com/

Austin Orchards is a member of the Harvest Hosts Program which is a unique program offering overnight stays for RVers and self-contained Vanlifers at over 600 participating farms, wineries, breweries, distilleries, museums and golf clubs. For a $79 per year membership fee the hosts allow for an overnight stay on their land at no cost while members are encouraged to drink, eat or shop at the host’s establishment before going to sleep on their property. It’s a win-win situation that provides for unique experiences, learning opportunities and social exchange that make for wonderful memories. For more info visit the Harvest Hosts website: http://harvesthosts.refr.cc/wandergreen

We had some amazing camping experiences thanks to this wonderful program and highly recommend it!

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