Zion National Park

“One hardly knows just how to think of it. Never before has such a naked mountain of rock entered into our minds! Without a shred of disguise its transcendent form rises preeminent. There is almost nothing to compare to it…this Great Temple, [has the beauty] of eternity—”

Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh, early American Western landscape artist, on Zion National Park

One of southern Utah’s many jewels, Zion National Park’s rocks rise majestically around you, forming the enclave of Zion Canyon, the result of years of tunneling by the seemingly nondescript Virgin River.  With a wide variety of attractions, most of which involve hiking, Zion is a must-see for any visitor to the southern Utah/northern Arizona area. Continue reading

Horseshoe Bend

The remarkable thing about staying in Page is that you can see so many natural attractions in such a small area.  Just outside of Page and five miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam is Horseshoe Bend, a horseshoe-shaped curve in the Colorado River.  It is worth seeing on any trip to the area, and best of all, it takes less than an hour to enjoy.  The edge of Horseshoe Bend is just about 3/4 of a mile from the parking lot, and the walk goes quickly.  Be careful when you get to the edge – it’s a 1,000 foot drop straight down with no railings! Continue reading