Exploring Caves!

In this video I start exploring southwestern Utah’s Markagunt Plateau. I check out a couple of caves, hike a short trail to a really neat waterfall that emerges from a cave, and more! (Click here if you can’t see the video below.


Showering Under a Desert Waterfall

In this video I leave southern Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park and set out to find an obscure and difficult-to-access (but very pretty) waterfall called Sand Creek Falls. I then steer my trusty RAV4 southward and drive up onto the Markagunt Plateau, a forested, high-elevation plateau east of Cedar City, Utah. (Click here if you can’t see the video below.)

Driving Across a River, Finding an Abandoned Truck & More!

In this video I start the 60-ish mile Cathedral Valley Loop through southern Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park. I drive across a river, come across an old abandoned truck, and drive through some truly epic desert landscapes before finding a buggy campsite on national forest land.

Learn more about the drive here. (Click here if you can’t see the video below.)

The Most Beautiful Campsite Ever?!

In this video I head up into the mountains of northern Utah and find the most beautiful campsite I’ve ever stayed at. I talk about some changes I’ve made to my camping setup and show off some new gear, including what may be the world’s most compact camp toilet! (Click here if you can’t see the video below.)

This video is part 1 of the adventure. Part 2 will be up on Thursday or Friday.

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I Found a New Website and App for Free Campsites

iOverlander free campsites map

I’m always on the lookout for tools to help me find free campsites. Websites I currently consult before going on a trip include FreeCampsites.net, Campendium, and Hipcamp. I recently found a new one to add to the rotation, and it’s called iOverlander. (There are Android and iOS apps too.)

I live in Utah and have extensive camping experience in the state, so whenever I come across one of these new websites or apps, I immediately go to Utah and see if there are any camping areas I don’t already know about. It turns out that iOverlander had several. I then looked down into Arizona and southern California (other areas I’m pretty familiar with) and found still more campsites I wasn’t aware of. In my opinion, iOverlander is the second best of the above mentioned campsite websites after FreeCampsites.net. (I’ve found that the other two websites, Campendium and Hipcamp, have campsites that are usually covered on FreeCampsites.net.)

You can filter the camps by type of camping (I usually turn all of them off except for “wild camping” and “informal campsites”) and by amenities you’re looking for (being able to find a paid campground with a shower, for example, could mean that you won’t need to pay for a shower at a recreation center or truck stop).

Head on over to iOverlander and take a look at the camping areas near you or that you’re familiar with. Did you find any campsites you didn’t already know about?