American Southwest – Utah and Northern Arizona

Our trip started on October 14, 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT visiting with friends. From there we drove to Moab, UT and visited Arches and Canyonlands National Parks plus Dead Horse Point State Park. Next we drove to Torrey, UT to visit Capitol Reef National Park. Driving the beautiful and scenic Utah Highway 12 we headed to Bryce Canyon City to visit Bryce Canyon National Park. Along Highway 12 I photographed aspens with fall foliage around Boulder Mountain and we stopped to visit Kodachrome Basin State Park. Bryce Canyon National Park is beautiful in any weather, but after two days of very¬†overcast skies, some rain, sleet, snow flurries and a scant 10 minutes of sun we decided to go south to Kanab, UT. Using Kanab as our home base for the next six days we visited the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, the White Pocket formation and the Rimrock Toadstools in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park and Zion National Park, plus we made a return visit to Bryce Canyon on a nice sunny date. On the last day of our trip we visited the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada and flew home out of Las Vegas. All together we drive a little over 2,200 miles, visited 6 national parks, 4 state parks, 2 national monuments and hiked about 60 miles during our 2 1/2 week trip….and we barely scratched the surface of what is there to see. We can’t wait to go back!

 

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