Balabanova All Over


Many of the national parks in the West offer amazing accommodations – historic hotels and lodges built at the beginning of the 20th century. Many from the list below were coming of age at this time. Train travel made America’s national parks more accessible, creating the need for accommodations within or nearby. Spending the nightat a national park lodge isn’t cheap, and the amenities one might expect at that price point are… Read More


[Kanab, UT] One of the most memorable things about last year’s Zion Half Marathon was the rainy, muddy race morning. The rain itself wasn’t so bad, but then we got to the starting line, where a row of porta potties and a warming tent were placed on the outskirts of a grassy field. Due to all the rain overnight, the grassy field had turned into a muddy treacherous mess. This year’s weather… Read More

[Los Angeles, CA] It’s been just about a week since Chris and I have been back to LA, and we both can’t stop talking about our trip. I fell in love with Zion. I can’t wait to go back to explore the rest of the trails in the main canyon as well as those in Kolob Terrace and the East side of the park. The other national parks and monuments in Utah… Read More

[Zion National Park, UT] Thursday was our last day in Zion. We had a flight to catch from Las Vegas that afternoon, so we figured we’d laze around in the morning and actually sleep in for once while on vacation! When we finally woke up, I went outside to see what the weather was like, only to find the hotel’s black-and-white kitty sleeping on our patio table. He made me miss my… Read More

[Zion National Park, UT] We are tired. We are soooo tired. Tired and sore. We almost want to keep walking and moving continuously, because once we sit down, getting back up is… well, difficult. When we do have to get up, we both sound like we’re 80 years old, what with all the oohing and ahhing. The Narrows took out whatever little energy we had left. What is the Narrows, you ask?… Read More