On the second day of our Utah vacation it was a Saturday and we knew the national parks would be busy so we opted to visit the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument area. There are several nice hikes in the area, but our guide-book pointed to two that were close by and not likely to have any crowds. Getting to these trails was a bit sketchy in our two-wheel drive rental car. The road has some steep sandy areas but the Ford Edge made it through with not too much struggling.
The first was the Lick Wash trail, a nice narrow canyon. It’s an easy hike suitable for families. This sounded fine for us as we hiked about 30km the previous day.
Next we were going to head to Willis Creek for another easy day hike, however the sky was threatening to rain, and as we understood it (and various signs indicated), the roads were impassable when they got wet. Not wanting to test this notion, we headed back to paved roads and did a bit more exploring in the area before calling it a day.