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10 Awesome Dirt Roads of The American West

White Rim Trail Canyonlands Utah

The earth is round and the great discoveries, crossings, and formidable pioneering efforts on the planet have all been ticked off the list by countless predecessors. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't be out there experiencing previously uncharted lands for yourself. Check out this gallery of 10 sweet ones . . .

Photo of the Day: Paddlin' and Dreamin'

mountain lake kayaking with children
Camera: Canon 5D | Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM | Setting: f/4, 1/160th sec, ISO 100

Once upon time, on the cool waters of a tranquil mountain lake, a dad took his daughter kayaking. The dad brought a little paddle for her to use.

She dipped the paddle in the water at once, splashed it around like she'd done a hundred other times with a whisk in pancake batter . . .

Photo of the Day: Wet Summer Treat

Camera: Canon 5D | Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM | Setting: f/4, 1/60, ISO 100

A couple of months ago, my wife and I celebrated 9 years of blissful marriage. Our family took our daughter off of our hands for four days while we rented a studio cabin in the woods, strapped a pair of kayaks to the truck, and took off to keep the flames fanned, if you know what I mean. Our little cottage was 50 yards from the water's edge at a small mountain lake in northern Arizona.....

Gallery: Family Road Trip Through Backroads of Southern Utah

Burr Trail into Capitol Reef National Park

Every time I take a road trip to southern Utah, it just gets better and better. The vast expanses of incomprehensible crimson sandstone landscape seemingly hide and surprise with endless opportunities for solitude and trails. This time, though, we finally made it to one landmark that's denied me twice before. . .

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