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

Lone Rock Campground

From the Grand Canyon, we headed north on Route 89 to Page, Arizona.  Page, a small town of about 7,000 people on the Arizona-Utah border, is in close proximity to several must-see attractions: Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend.  While these sites are not as renowned as, say, the Grand Canyon or Zion National Park, they should not be missed on a trip to the region, especially because it doesn’t take too much time to thoroughly enjoy these unique land features.  Continue reading