Bryce Canyon in May

Utah’s Mighty 5: Travel Guide and Road Trip Itinerary

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Stretching across southern and central Utah are five stunning National Parks. Called the Mighty 5, these parks contain some of the most thrilling hiking trails and iconic landscapes in the United States. Stand atop Angels Landing in Zion. Gaze across a wonderland of hoodoos at Bryce Canyon. Explore the Waterpocket Fold at Capitol Reef. Watch the sunrise at Mesa Arch …

Best things to do in Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef National Park: Best Things to do With Limited Time

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With sandstone cliffs, white domes, arches, and slot canyons, Capitol Reef National Park is a rugged, extraordinary place to explore. This park preserves the Waterpocket Fold, a rippling of the Earth’s crust that is 100 miles long. Not a big fan of hiking? One of the things that makes Capitol Reef so easy to visit is that you can see …

Island in the Sky Canyonlands

One Perfect Day in Canyonlands National Park

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Canyonlands is an enormous National Park. Over 330,000 acres are filled with arches, buttes, mesas, canyons, hiking trails, dirt roads, campgrounds, and overlooks. It would take days, weeks even, to fully explore all that Canyonlands has to offer. However, if you only have one day in Canyonlands, you have just enough time to visit the highlights. We spent two days …

Delicate Arch in December

6 Tips for Visiting Delicate Arch in Arches National Park

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Delicate Arch is one of the main attractions in Arches National Park. Most likely, this arch is high on your list of places to visit in the park. In order to have the best experience, there are a few things to know before you go. Here are our tips for visiting Delicate Arch. A Few Quick Facts About Delicate Arch …

Gooseberry Trail

Hiking the Gooseberry Trail in Canyonlands National Park

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There are a number of hikes in Canyonlands National Park that offer sweeping views over the White Rim. Grand View Point Trail and White Rim Overlook both fit into this category. However, if you want to journey below the level of the mesa and hike onto the White Rim, the Gooseberry Trail is a great hike to consider. The Gooseberry …

Devils Garden Trail

Devils Garden Trail: The Best Hike in Arches National Park

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The Devils Garden Trail has all of the ingredients for a perfect hike in Arches National Park. If you hike the entire 7.2-mile loop, you get to see eight arches! Along the way, go rock scrambling, hike along fins of sandstone rock, and enjoy some of the best views of the park. What makes the Devils Garden Trail so great …

Mesa Arch in December

Best Things to do in Canyonlands: Island in the Sky District

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Canyonlands National Park is an underrated park located near Moab, Utah. Compared to its smaller and more popular neighbor Arches National Park, Canyonlands feels more rugged, more remote, and a whole lot larger. Island in the Sky, the most popular section of Canyonlands, is filled with jaw-dropping vistas and short but sweet hiking trails. Here are the best things to …

Dead Horse Point

Best Things to do in Dead Horse Point State Park

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Have you ever visited a place where you didn’t quite know what to expect and then it just blew you away? For us, that was Dead Horse Point State Park. Nearby Arches and Canyonlands National Parks get all of the attention (and all of the visitors). When looking for more things to do in the area, Dead Horse Point State …

Arches National Park

10 Best Things to do in Arches National Park

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Arches National Park is a wonderland of desert vistas, short hiking trails, strange rock formations, and you guessed it, arches. Not only will you find over 2,000 arches here, but you will also see hoodoos, fins of sandstone rocks, massive mesas, and balanced rocks. Here are the best things to do in Arches National Park. About Our Experiences in Arches …

Hike Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up: Which One Should You Choose?

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Hiking the Zion Narrows is a very unique experience. For miles you hike through an endless slot canyon with the North Fork of the Virgin River as your hiking trail. There are two ways you can hike the Narrows. Most people hike it from the bottom-up, an out and back journey that takes you through some of the most scenic …

How to Hike Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows: Hiking the Top-Down Route in One Day

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The Narrows is one of Zion’s most popular hikes, for good reason. This is the quintessential slot canyon hike. For miles, you hike in the North Fork of the Virgin River, surrounded by sheer rock walls and amazing beauty. It’s challenging, it’s unique, and it makes for a very memorable experience. There are several different ways you can hike the …

Zion Narrows Hike in Photos

Journey through the Zion Narrows in Photos

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For millions of years, the Virgin River has been carving its way through layers of rock, forming the Zion Narrows. This canyon twists and turns for miles, creating one of the most unique hiking trails in the world. There are several different ways you can hike the Narrows. Most people hike from the bottom-up, an out-and-back journey that takes you …

American Southwest Road Trip Itinerary

10 Days in the American Southwest: The Ultimate Road Trip

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The American southwest is one of the USA’s best road trip destinations. It’s unbelievable how much there is to see and do here. There are the breathtaking vistas of the Grand Canyon, thrilling hiking trails in Zion National Park, and millions of hoodoos to photograph in Bryce Canyon. Are you getting excited yet? The list keeps going, with the sweeping …

Zion Hikes

10 Great Hikes in Zion National Park: Which One Will Be Your Favorite?

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Zion National Park is one of the best spots in the United States to go hiking. From the awe-inspiring hike up Angels Landing to the family friendly Riverside Walk to multi-day backpacking adventures, there is something here for everyone. Here are 10 blockbuster hikes in Zion National Park. This is not an all-inclusive list, but there is definitely enough here …

Slot Canyons to Explore

8 Amazing Slot Canyons to Explore in the American Southwest

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The American Southwest is a playground for hikers, photographers, and adventurers. Fun to explore and extremely photogenic, slot canyons provide a unique hiking experience. We have assembled a short list of some of the best slot canyons in Utah, Arizona, and Nevada. This is not an all-inclusive list, because there are tons of slot canyons in this area, but listed …

Kodachrome Basin State Park

A Quick Visit to Kodachrome Basin State Park

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With colorful sandstone spires, red rock mountains, and bright blue skies, Kodachrome Basin is a gorgeous little spot to explore. Its name, Kodachrome, fits it perfectly, describing the multitude of vivid colors that are found here. Laced with hiking and horseback riding trails, you could spend a few days here. In fact, Kodachrome Basin makes a great, off-the-beaten-path destination to …

Slot Canyon

A Photojourney through Peek-A-Boo Gulch and Spooky Gulch

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If you are looking for a super fun hike to do, put Peek-A-Boo Gulch and Spooky Gulch on your list. Just their names make this hike sound enticing. These slot canyons are located in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument on Hole-in-the-Rock Road. Getting here can be a mini-adventure, driving over 25 miles down a rough, dirt road through dry desert landscapes. And …

Grand Staircase Road

What’s It Like to Drive Cottonwood Canyon Road?

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Cottonwood Canyon Road is a scenic, unpaved road that travels through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. It connects the town of Cannonville with Highway 89, just west of Big Water. Tim and I drove this road during our road trip through Arizona and Utah. Since we were traveling from Page, Arizona up to Escalante, Utah, Cottonwood Canyon Road was the perfect shortcut …

Bryce Canyon National Park

One Perfect Day in Bryce Canyon National Park

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Bryce Canyon National Park…a fantasyland of hoodoos, bizarre rock formations, and sandstone pillars. This is a crazy beautiful place, and its unique landscape sets it apart from other national parks. Although Bryce may not have the same sweeping, expansive vistas as the Grand Canyon, it’s still a breathtaking experience the first time you see this view. What Makes Bryce Canyon …