Doughbird- Moab, UT

Doughbird- donuts, chicken, coffee. Any questions?

This little gem can be found in Moab, Utah. The city is famous for being close to Arches National Park (which you can read more about here), Canyonlands National Park, biking and more. In fact, there is so much to do in the surrounding areas that makes it a very popular stop for all kinds of people that can get quite crowded during peak seasons.

Alright, enough about the city. Lets talk Doughbird.

You can find this bakery right off of main street. If your hotel is close enough, we would highly suggest walking there because parking is scarce, especially on the weekends.

Once you walk through the door, you are greeted with the sweet smells of freshly made and glazed donuts, brewing coffee and chocolate. You can see the case of donuts in front of you as you step forward to place your order. Our favorites were the square croissants. They were so buttery, flakey and had just the right amount of sweetness to give you the hiking energy you need for the day. Some other flavors they have include dulce de leche cheesecake, cookie dough and many more.

We ordered ours to go and had a picnic at the national park- I would highly recommend doing this. It was so much fun and we were all sugared up and ready to hike after breakfast!

What about the chicken you ask? Well, we only stopped for donuts this time around since we were going to be out hiking all day and didn’t want it to get cold. Next time we find ourselves in Moab, we will definitely make a point to try the chicken because we hear it is very good!

If you try their food and absolutely fall in love, they do have a small section for selling their merch including things like t-shirts, coffee and coffee cups.

Have you ever tried Doughbird? Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments below!

Hanging Lake, Colorado

The hike to see Hanging Lake is challenging, but very rewarding. The views from the top are worth every stair that must be climbed. It isn’t a long hike- only about a mile and a quarter- but it is very steep, gaining about 1200 feet in elevation.

Getting There

Hanging lake can be found in Glenwood Canyon off of interstate 70. This is also a very cool drive as you snake through the canyon next to the White River. Even if you don’t do the hike, the drive is worth it!

There is a fee required and the most up to date information can be found on the Glenwood Springs website. Fees must be paid in advance and you must choose a time slot to visit. When you arrive, you have to show the ranger your reservation so they are able to verify you are visiting on the correct day and time. This helps reduce crowds and helps alleviate parking issues.

The Hike

As we mentioned earlier, it isn’t the length that makes the hike strenuous, but the change in elevation. The lake is nestled way up in the surrounding canyon but once you make it up there, you can sit at a bench, relax and take in the rewarding views.

The trail is a dirt path that has some stone steps and bridges to cross the river. There are markers and occasional benches to stop and catch your breath. The views while hiking to the lake are also gorgeous so make sure you take them all in!

The Lake

Once you near the top, the trail narrows and there are some steep drops off to the side. This part does not last long- just a few more stairs and you will be rewarded with the views of Hanging Lake!

The lake is a breathtaking clear blue-green color surrounded by the dark green of the pines, orange of the rocks and white of the bridal veil falls pouring into it. You can even see some fish swimming around in the lake! There are a few benches way up here where you can rest and just be in the moment.

Things to know before you go

  1. There are no bathrooms or water fountains here. Be prepared before you arrive.
  2. Good shoes are a must! There are lots of rocks, roots and branches that you can trip on and hurt yourself if you aren’t prepared.
  3. Pets and bikes are not allowed on the trails.
  4. You must have a reservation in order to visit. The rangers will not allow you to hike without one.
  5. Swimming and fishing are not allowed in the lake.

Have you visited Hanging Lake? Do you have any more questions about the park and surrounding areas? Send us an email or let us know in the comments below.

Happy hiking!