The Call of The Goat

A blog about adventure, travel, geology, and all things outdoors
  1. What is the Best Time of Year to Hike in Grand Canyon?
    17 May, 2017
    What is the Best Time of Year to Hike in Grand Canyon?
    What is the best time of year to hike in Grand Canyon? The Goat and our geologist/guides know!
  2. beamer trail grand canyon national park
    17 May, 2017
    How Long Does it Take to Hike to the Bottom of the Grand Canyon?
    How long does it take to get to the bottom of Grand Canyon? Let our geologist/guides take you on an epic journey!
  3. South Kaibab Trail Grand Canyon
    17 May, 2017
    Grand Canyon: How Long Does it Take to Hike the South Kaibab Trail?
    How long does it take to hike the South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon? Let our geologist/guides show you the way!
  4. Grand Canyon: How Long Does it Take to Hike Rim-to-Rim?
    17 May, 2017
    Grand Canyon: How Long Does it Take to Hike Rim-to-Rim?
    Of the many bucket-list items that people set for themselves, hiking rim-to-rim at Grand Canyon National Park is among the most prevalent, particularly among outdoor and hiking enthusiasts.  Ask anyone who has done it, and they will tell you that it is a true badge of honor, an indelible memory, and the experience of a lifetime.  A rim-to-rim hike is rigorous, rewarding, and right within your grasp should you be willing to take the challenge.  Among the many questions about this epic adventure,
  5. Top 5 Day Hikes in Grand Canyon
    31 Mar, 2017
    Top 5 Day Hikes in Grand Canyon
    Hiking in the Grand Canyon is truly a humbling, inspiring, jaw-dropping, fantastical, enlightening, and (insert hyperbole) experience.  Even a simple stroll along the rim of this national treasure is sure to conjure existential feelings that may stir your very being.  However, you may also find yourself confronted with so many choices that it could seem overwhelming.  Although it's impossible to make a wrong choice in Grand Canyon in terms of hiking choices, it is helpful to have someone that
  6. Salt Flats, Death Valley National Park
    29 Mar, 2017
    Hiking in the Southwest: How to Stay Cool on the Trail
    Wanna know how to stay cool while hiking in Grand Canyon? Follow Blue Marble's cool tips
  7. Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument: Hidden Gem of The Colorado Plateau
    25 Mar, 2017
    Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument: Hidden Gem of The Colorado Plateau
    Say Grand Canyon.  Now add a Parashant.  What a difference a word makes!  Now repeat.  Grand Canyon-Parashant, Grand Canyon-Parashant....You get the idea.  Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument lies just to the north of the very famous, very Grand Canyon.  It protects the entire Colorado River watershed along the famed Arizona Strip, and offers some of the best outdoor adventure opportunities in the American Southwest.  Want sweeping red rock vistas?  You got it.  Want deeply-carved canyons?
  8. Grand Canyon Insider's Guide: How to Avoid the Crowds and see the Grand Canyon Your Way
    21 Mar, 2017
    Grand Canyon Insider's Guide: How to Avoid the Crowds and see the Grand Canyon Your Way
    You're finally doing it; you're going to see the Grand Canyon.  Your trip-of-a-lifetime, bucket-list-checking-off, brag-to-the-friends-and-family vacation is finally here.  You've been waiting years, planning carefully, and have everything envisioned just the way you want it.  You get through the gate, you head to the South Rim, and boom; there it is: throngs of people, multitudes of hordes, hives of enormity.  There's so many camera-toting, elbow-throwing, kid-screaming fools out here you can't
  9. A hiker in Death Hollow, Boulder Mail Trail Utah
    08 Mar, 2017
    Top 5 Backpacking Canyons of the Grand Staircase-Escalante
    Hike the best canyons in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument!
  10. Bears Ears: A Geologic and Cultural Adventure Paradise
    08 Mar, 2017
    Bears Ears: A Geologic and Cultural Adventure Paradise
    Rising from the stark and beautiful red rock country of southeast Utah is our newest National Monument, affectionately known as "The Bears Ears".  The twin buttes that serve as namesake are but one of the many features of this intensely beautiful and culturally significant landscape, designated a National Monument by President Barack Obama on December 28, 2016.  At 1.3-million acres, the newly-carved monument is just slightly larger than Grand Canyon, incredibly diverse, and humbling in
  11. The Grand Staircase: Cliff-Stepping
    05 Mar, 2017
    The Grand Staircase: Cliff-Stepping
    Why is the Grand Staircase called the Grand Staircase?  Because it sounds cool?  Well, of course because it sounds cool, but the name actually represents a very unique and important geological phenomenon that has been built over hundreds of millions of years.  Starting from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to the hoodoo wonderland that is Bryce Canyon National Park, the Grand Staircase represents progressively younger and higher cliffs that quite literally form a staircase, as though a giant
  12. Grand Canyon: 5 Reasons Winter is the ON-Season
    27 Feb, 2017
    Grand Canyon: 5 Reasons Winter is the ON-Season
    Planning a winter getaway?  Think that hitting some great trails, seeing ridiculous scenery, and checking things off the bucket list is a summer-only kind of gig?  Think again.  The cooler months in Grand Canyon provide some of the best opportunities to explore everything that it has to offer, and not have to fight the crowds to do it.  The Goat gives you some quite convincing reasons why visiting Grand Canyon during the winter is an idea that seasoned travelers know is the veteran adventure
  13. Utah Canyon Country: Diving into the Mighty 5
    25 Feb, 2017
    Utah Canyon Country: Diving into the Mighty 5
    Breathe in, breathe out.  Survey the scene.  Take it all in.  This is the most outrageous scenery anywhere in the world, and you are right in the middle of it.  Utah's Canyon Country is a geological fantasy, and an adventure hikers dream.  In this wild land there are five National Parks, each of them holding distinction as some of the most iconic on the planet.  Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands National Parks hold some of the most world famous scenery, whimsical geology, and
  14. Death Valley: 10 Cool Facts Beyond 134 Degrees
    13 Feb, 2017
    Death Valley: 10 Cool Facts Beyond 134 Degrees
    There is a place so vast, so beautiful, so unique, and so special that it nearly defies comprehension.  This is Death Valley.  Located in the howling wilds of the Mojave Desert along the border of California and Nevada, Death Valley is at the same time magnificent and overwhelming in sheer size, beauty, and adventure opportunity.  In our opinion, it is world-famous for all the wrong reasons.  When most think of Death Valley, they think of it being the place where the hottest temperature on Earth
  15. Sedona: 5 Reasons Winter is the Best Time to Visit Red Rock Country
    12 Feb, 2017
    Sedona: 5 Reasons Winter is the Best Time to Visit Red Rock Country
    Perhaps the best-kept locals secret in Sedona is the Red Rock Winter Wonderland.  When the rest of the northern part of our beautiful state is covered in snow, Sedona continues to boast fabulous sunshine, comfortable temperatures, and grand adventure opportunities.  Snow only adds to the splendor, as the gorgeous red rocks get dusted with the wonderfully white snow that contrasts the sunset red and orange that makes Sedona famous.  Add crisp blue skies, and world-class hiking, and what you have
  16. Top 5 Hikes in Sedona
    02 Feb, 2017
    Top 5 Hikes in Sedona
    Sedona:  The very mention conjures up blazing red rock sunsets, towering spires, monolithic cathedrals, and inspiring zen.  Another phrase the word Sedona should conjure in your mind is this:  world-class hiking.  Sedona's hundreds of miles of wilderness trails presents some of the most excellent hiking in the American Southwest, with sweeping iconic red rock vistas, wildlife, and, if you know where to look, relaxing and fulfilling solitude.  Sedona's hiking trails are also, of course, an
  17. The Superstition Mountains:  Legends, History, and Lost Gold Mines
    29 Jan, 2017
    The Superstition Mountains: Legends, History, and Lost Gold Mines
    Celebrated as perhaps the premier wilderness area within an hour of a metropolitan area, the Superstition Mountains boast flawless beauty, fabulous geology, and epic hiking and adventure opportunity.  However, their most supreme treasures lie in legend, alluring, mysterious, and intriguing legend that beg of exploration both physical and mental.  Here in these mountains lies potentially the most wealthy, vast, and extraordinary mining discovery in Arizona (and perhaps the entire Old West), which
  18. Sedona: What Should You Know About Hiking in Red Rock Country?
    29 Jan, 2017
    Sedona: What Should You Know About Hiking in Red Rock Country?
    Every year, thousands of people flock to the iconic red rock formations of Sedona, Arizona.  They come from all over the state, all over the country, and all over the world to view and embrace the world famous vistas, world-class hiking, and spiritual zen that makes Sedona so famous.  The views here are spectacular, the hiking, rock climbing, and outdoor adventure limitless, the geology almost confrontational, and the scale grand.  But what should you, the savvy adventure traveler, know before
  19. Grand Canyon: 5 Reasons to Backpack The Escalante Route
    09 Dec, 2016
    Grand Canyon: 5 Reasons to Backpack The Escalante Route
    Grand Canyon is a place of limitless wonder and hiking adventure.  However, some adventures stand above the rest.  The Escalante Route, the winding and spectacular overland route that leads from Tanner Beach to the Tonto Trail, is unequivocally one of the premier backpacking routes in the Grand Canyon, if not the United States or perhaps even the world.  In fact, The Escalante Route was named one of "The Top 10 Backpacking Trips of a Lifetime" by Backpacker Magazine in 2012.  Backpacking the
  20. Top 5 BaseCamping Trips in the American Southwest
    17 Nov, 2016
    Top 5 BaseCamping Trips in the American Southwest
    Basecamping can provide a truly wonderful experience that explores the best of both worlds in the outdoors: excellent hiking adventures by day, and comfortable accommodations by night.  Hiking in the southwestern United States provides the adventurer with endless opportunities to see outrageous and iconic scenery, experience world-famous geology, and enjoy the whimsical color tapestry that pulls at the senses.  The Goat has decided to let you in on his personal favorite hiking and camping
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