The ides of March brought an unexpected snowstorm to end Utah’s mild winter. The snow and rain only fortified my desire to head down south though, as it was time to hike the slot canyon loop known as Little Wild Horse & Bell canyon in the San Rafael Swell.

My route was to complete the eight mile loop, starting by heading up Little Wild Horse, then descending into Bell. Good thing I don’t have much claustrophobia though, as the slots became apparent early and often.

Spring here had it all. Pools of deep water from the melting snow and rain that filled empty ice carved holes. Snow piled up in the shady and dark portions of the hike. Open sky and warmth with only the desert landscape to fill your time while hiking along.

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Wench, bring my ale, what say you?

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