Golden Tunnels and Shipping Containers: Touring the Grand Staircase on the Aquarius Trail Hut System


Golden Tunnels and Shipping Containers: Touring the Grand Staircase on the Aquarius Trail Hut System

While fully loaded touring and sleeping under the stars provide an enticing self-contained experience, there is a unique allure to the quintessential hut trip. Hut-supported routes are rare here in the U.S., but our rag-tag group of cyclotourists has taken advantage of the proximal classics, including the San Juan Hut Durango-to-Moab and Telluride-to-Moab routes. When the Aquarius Hut Trail Network was announced last year, our exploratory interests were piqued. Home to the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, southern Utah has become one of my favorite destinations from time spent riding and touring in our 4×4 in its rugged backcountry. Even so, the beauty of the riding and surrounding landscapes still bowled me over.

We have a lot of thoughts about both the route and the huts—read on for a full review of this majestic trip…

The Radavist 2022 Calendar: October


The Radavist 2022 Calendar: October

“Grand Staircase Escalante” is the tenth layout of the Radavist 2022 Calendar. It was shot with a Sony A9ii and a Tamron 28-200 lens in Southern Utah.

“The Grand Staircase Escalante was on the chopping block from 2016-2020 for mineral extraction, yet on Oct. 8, 2021, President Biden issued Presidential Proclamation 10286 restoring the boundaries for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The Monument now spans across nearly 1.87 million acres of America’s public lands in southern Utah, and is an outstanding biological resource, spanning five life-zones – from low-lying desert to coniferous forest.

When visiting, you’ll be traveling the land of the Ancestral Puebloan and Fremont people, who were experts at farming this rugged land and built granaries to store what they grew. Their descendants, including people from the Hopi, Paiute, Zuni, Ute, and Navajo tribes, have strong ties to this land today, leaving behind rock art panels, occupation sites, campsites and granaries. We’ll be taking a longer look at this zone next week…”

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