A perfect trip to Utah will have you seeing a mix of some of the most popular, renowned national parks in the country, and a few paths that are less traveled — but no less spectacular. One of the best places to experience a bit of both is Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The monument is physically mesmerizing, but not overrun with crowds in the same parks like Zion or Arches are. It was the slot canyons in particular that caught my attention for this trip. Never having been in one, I had no idea what to expect from this — as described online — “very skinny canyon.” So, after choosing Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Gulch to explore, my adventure buddy Doug packed up the car and we got ready to scramble, climb, and stare in awe at some of mother nature’s most peculiar handiwork.