Our weather woes finally got the best of us in Grand Teton National Park. Arriving early at the visitor's center to claim a backcountry permit for the Cascade Canyon North-Lake Solitude, the park ranger asked if we had snowshoes and crampons. Poorly prepared for persistently inclement weather, we decided to upend our trip itinerary and head south.
Though disappointed to bypass both our Wind River Range backpacking plans and Rocky Mountain National Park, we've been awestruck at the red-rock vistas of southern Utah. Whether exploring Devil's Garden in Arches National Park, driving the harrowing White Rim Trail, hiking Canyonlands' Joint Trail in the remote Needles district, or photographing Delicate Arch at sunset, we've delighted in this dramatic shift from the alpine valleys and rocky snow-covered peaks we've become accustomed to in the last month and a half.