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Utah’s Arches and Canyonlands National Parks; side trip to Grand Canyon North Rim

A couple tales in the other-worldly view of Canyonlands, with the Green and Colorado Rivers in distance.

Author and spouse Susan pose in front of Landscape Arch, spanning well over 300 feet with its delicate arch. Arches Park visitors trek fo Sand Dune Arch on short, flat trail through slot canyon. Our Horsethief Campground, maintained by the BLM just outside Canyonlands, was scene of several evocative sunsets.  John Wesley Powell pioneered the [...]

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Spectacular Utah: awe-inspiring Bryce Canyon and Capital Reef National Parks

Hoodoos by the thousands, carved by water and wind for eons, line Bryce's canyon walls.

Natural Bridge in Bryce Canyon NP. Ascending The Wall trail amongst rock escarpments and strange Hoodoos. Tourists hike up Grand Wash in Capitol Reef NP.Bryce Canyon. Spires climb skyward from Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. Watertank holes, up a dry wash from Grand Wash in Capitol Reef NP, is site where I slipped and [...]

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Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, star attractions in southwest UT.

Hoodoos, the lofty spires along Cedar Breaks red rock amphitheater, are visible and reming us of the hoodoos that make Bryce Canyon such a popular attraction.

Another view of Cedar Breaks lofty amphitheater, offset by cloud formations. Cedar Breaks National Monument’s red rock amphitheater is three miles across, and almost a 1/2 mile deep. From the observation points on the rim drive, well above 10,000 feet, temperatures can be cool during summer! View in Zion National Park, where the Virgin River [...]

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St. George, Utah, base camp to Utah state, national parks and outdoor adventure!

Jenny's Canyon is the reward for a short hike in Snow Canyon State Park, UT.

Top, Washington County Courthouse in St. George dates to the 1860s; bottom, red rocks are a staple of a tour through Snow Canyon State Park. Jenny’s Canyon is the reward for a short hike in Snow Canyon State Park, UT. Brigham Young’s winter home, in the 1870s, in St. George, UT. Make St. George, Utah, [...]

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Utah’s Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Arches National Parks are wondrous destinations!

We were nearing the end of a three week tour to see seven western national parks (Great Basin in Nevada, Utah’s five, Arizona’s Grand Canyon), and had already enjoyed Nevada’s Great Basin and Utah’s Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. After a pleasant week’s respite in a Park City timeshare with old friends, we resumed [...]

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Cozy, efficient campers make for comfortable, thrifty travel!

This '71 Camp Mite offers 6' standing room with the roof is popped up, and light-weight, aero-dynamic profile for ease of towing.

We have just returned from a 22 day tour of seven national Parks – Great Basin in Nevada, the five stunning ones in Utah, the Grand Canyon North rim and a return through Yosemite (OK, make that eight national parks, though we merely passed through Yosemite). Along the way, we viewed and camped with a series of [...]

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Southwest Utah National Parks: stunning scenery in Bryce Canyon, Zion and side trip to Park City

Hoodoos, towering rock formations resulting from eons of erosion, balance delicately above Bryce Canyon National Park.,

We were in the middle of a three week tour to see six western national parks (Great Basin in Nevada, five in Utah), and had already enjoyed three days along the ‘Loneliest Road in America’, Hwy. 50, and Nevada’s Great Basin National Park. From there, we headed to Cedar City, a good-sized Utah town to [...]

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Park City, UT, is exciting outdoors Mecca in midst of touring Utah’s five national parks

Aspens, maples and oaks change colors over Utah Olympic bobsled run, lp

After almost four days exploring Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, we are nearing the end of a reunion with old friends in Park City, Utah, 240 miles north of Zion.  Site of the 2002 Winter Olympics and home to Park City, Deer Valley and the Canyons Ski Resorts, it’s a year-round outdoor activities Mecca. [...]

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