Bryce Canyon

Coming off of the exhilaration of summiting Angels Landing, one would think that there would be little that could compare to that thrill.  Just a 1 1/2 hour drive from Zion National Park, however, is the spectacular Bryce Canyon National Park.  Known for its hoodoos, described by the National Park Service as “tall skinny spires of rock that protrude from the bottom of arid basins,” Bryce Canyon is perhaps the most fascinating of all the natural wonders we experienced on this trip. Continue reading

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

The Amazing Antelope Canyon

Just east of Page on Navajo territory lies Antelope Canyon, a set of two incredible slot canyons.  Upper Antelope Canyon is above ground, while Lower Antelope Canyon looks like a large crack in the earth that visitors descend into using a set of narrow stairs.  We chose to go to Lower, as we heard that Upper was a bit more crowded and hectic.

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