Highway 12 and canyon country
Favorite thing: Highway 12 is an east-west route which begins just south of Panguich and runs for approximately 150 miles. It is one of the most scenic drives in Utah. This route also has one of Utah's National Parks at either end- Bryce Canyon near the western beginning of the highway and Capitol Reef to its eastern terminuns. Heading west along this highway, the first scenic stop is Red Canyon. Here the route passes some impressive red sandstone formations which serve as a preview to the spectacular scenery just up the road in Bryce Canyon.
Moab, A Town With You In Mind
Favorite thing: Moab
Moab is a Utah town that is near Arches National Park and Canyon Lands National Park. This makes it a good place for stocking up on supplies, or having a night out. The town itself is geared to give tourists a good time, with a variety of local tours available, such as river trips (including whitewater rafting), mountain biking, 4X4 wheeler adventures, horseback riding, and a variety of other tours. Be aware, however, that most of these tour operators are only open during prime tourist season. As an outdoor enthusiast you will also find the Moab area a great place for backpacking and rock climbing. Word of warning, however, summers are very hot in Moab, always carry plenty of water while enjoying your outdoor sports activity.
Fondest memory: I love Utah's wonderful red rock country, the canyons, the interesting rock formations, and the history of the early people. If you can enjoy a vista lacking trees, if you love mountains and rock formations, then you will find Utah a beautiful state. It is certainly one of my favorite places to visit.Related to:
- Adventure Travel
- Hiking and Walking
If you go nowhere else in the...
Favorite thing: If you go nowhere else in the US, Utah should be your choice. There is a higher concentration of truly awesome, awe-inspiring scenery there than anywhere else in the country in my view. This is especially true of the southern third of the state. It should be noted that there are more national parks in Utah than in any other state in the Union. You should visit at least Bryce and Zion NPs. I also consider Canyonlands and Arches NPs a must. Then there is the small Cedar Breaks National Monument, near Bryce and Zion, which is in many ways the most beautiful bit of real estate in Utah, mainly because it is small enough to be comprehended by mere mortals like ourselves.
Photo: Monumental Arch in Arches National Park
My first impressions of Utah
Fondest memory: I arrived in Utah the first time in the fall of 1994. I was on the tail end of a four month camping trip around the western US which had started the Rocky Mountains and made its way northwest, down the coast before heading into the southwest. It had been a great trip but time was running out on the weather. It was a gorgeous sunset on arrival in Zion National Park but the forecast was for snow so we got a room rather than camp. We woke up to a huge snowstorm which was quite a sight for this Florida boy who hadn't seen snow in some time. We drove up to Bryce anyway and it was a gorgeous sight, all the red hoodoos covered in white powder.Related to:
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- National/State Park
Favorite thing: Travelling by RV is fairly common and it should not restrict access to the most popular spots. There are some off the beaten track activities that you may not have access to because of clearance, but still there is so much you can see with just the RV. If you plan on camping with the RV in national park campsites you should reserve as soon as possible. All camping in national parks must be reserved in advance via website here:
As for the quads, it is very common in places like Moab, UT which has great 4wd roads to explore and good for a one day activity. I wouldn't say it is very common throughout the US but a number of places have these for daily rental.
June could be hot is southern Utah. May is a better month for outdoor activities. I like the heat so June is good for me. Drink plenty of water and always have plenty with you whether you are hiking or on the quads.
You can experience alot in three weeks. Have a great time!Related to:
- Family Travel
- Adventure Travel
walk into Bryce Canyon. It is...
Favorite thing: walk into Bryce Canyon. It is great from the top but walking through the canyon is even more exciting.
More info. National Park Service
See the Great Salt Lake Desert...
Favorite thing: See the Great Salt Lake Desert where the Bonneville Speedway is located about 100 miles west of Salt Lake City. The speedway is where the fastest land speed record of any vehicle was measured. The Blue Flame set the record at 622.407 mph in 1970. For more, see BONNEVILLE . There's just such a large area of flat nothingness that this is the perfect area to do these speed tests. If you're driving west on Hwy 80 going to Wendover or Nevada, you will see these salt flats on either side. There is a rest stop before you reach Wendover which is where I took this photo.
Experience Zion National Park....
Favorite thing: Experience Zion National Park. Photo: Taken from Angel's Landing viewing Zion Canyon and the Virgin River far below. This hike starts at that river! This park is one of my favorites. Protected within Zion's 229 square miles is a wilderness full of the unexpected. It includes what may be the world's largest arch - Kolob Arch spanning 310 feet - and simpler natural wonders, such as small waterfalls and clear backcountry pools. The fundamental qualities of wild America - quiet and solitude - are here too. A hike in the Narrows (weather permitting) is an amazing experience. For more information and photos check out SPRINGDALE. page.
Experience Bryce Canyon...
Favorite thing: Experience Bryce Canyon National Park. Photo: Hiking the Navajo Loop Trail. This park is stunning. The canyon is actually an amphitheater eroded from the cliffs by the weather, rather than a real canyon formed by a river. What has been left is a fantastic sight: ranks of limestone pinnacles, points, steeples, spires, cliffs and crevices. These spell-binding formations are called hoodoos. For the full effect of these hoodoos, walk down one of the trails. Elevations along the trails range from 6,500 to 9,100 feet. More on my BRYCE CANYON page!
Experience The Grand Staircase...
Favorite thing: Experience The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Photo: Calf Creek Falls. This is the newest and largest national monument - 1.9 million acres of canyons and gorges, of trails and streams, of ancient petroglyphs, dinosaur bones and petrified wood - all awaiting your discovery. For more info see my ESCALANTE page.
Experience Monument Valley...
Favorite thing: Experience Monument Valley Tribal Park. Photo: Sunset over Mittenview Butte from horseback. This valley is where some of the best classic westerns were filmed - filmed here for a reason. This place is so breath-taking, it is as though it walked out of a western drama and into your life. This park is part of the Navajo Indian Reservation and has one of the most scenic drives in the Southwest, with sand dunes rolling up to a clear blue sky punctuated by sheer red buttes and colossal mesas. Ride into the sunset on horseback and experience the native culture first-hand on an overnight trip or take a jeep tour to areas of the park where you can't drive yourself. For a genuine experience of the Wild West, this is it! More on my MONUMENT VALLEY page!
Experience Lake Powell/Glen...
Favorite thing: Experience Lake Powell/Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Photo: Tubing near Wahweap Marina. This 186 mile long lake straddles the border of Utah and Arizona. The shoreline is almost 2000 miles long created by intricate inlets, bays, and canyon coves (that's longer than the US west coast!). This manmade lake, sitting under a red desert sky, is a virtual liquid playground for swimming, jet skiing, speed boating, house boating, and world class bass, walleye and trout fishing. For more info and pics check out my LAKE POWELL and PAGE, ARIZONA pages.
Favorite thing: Experience Canyonlands National Park. Photo: Mountain biking the Gemini Bridges Trail just outside the park. Canyonlands preserves an immense wilderness of rock at the heart of the Colorado Plateau. Water and gravity have been prime architects of this land, cutting flat layers of sedimentary rock into hundreds of colorful canyons, mesas, buttes, fins, arches, and spires. At center stage are two great canyons, those carved by the Green and Colorado rivers. Surrounding the rivers are vast, and very different regions of the park: to the north, Island in the Sky; to the west, the Maze; and to the east the Needles. The areas share a common primitive spirit and wild desert atmosphere. To a large degree, Canyonlands remains untrammeled today. Its roads are mostly unpaved, its trails primitive, its rivers free-flowing. Throughout its 527 square miles roam desert bighorn sheep, mountain lions, coyotes, and other animals native to this land. Canyonlands is wild America. For more information and photos check out my MOAB page.
Experience the Wasatch...
Favorite thing: Experience the Wasatch Mountain Region - The Cottonwood Canyons - Big & Little. Photo: Spring skiing with friends in Alta '97. These canyons are within a 45 minute drive from the heart of Salt Lake City and provide some of the best skiing, rock climbing and hiking in the country. Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, and Brighton receive more than 500 inches every year of the 'Greatest Snow On Earth.' Summer brings spectacular mountain hikes and championship rock climbing opportunities. For more details see my SALT LAKE CITY TRAVELOGUE.
Experience Salt Lake City. ...
Favorite thing: Experience Salt Lake City. Photo: Temple Square. The capital of Utah is one of the most beautiful cities in America. Nestled at the foot of the Wasatch Front, the city is home to a variety of cultural amenities including hundreds of restaurants, night clubs, and shows. Popular and prominent is Historic Temple Square, site of the six-spired Salt Lake temple, symbolic heart of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and home to the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Nearby is the Family History Library; the largest genealogical library in the world. Up Capital Hill, just north of the square, is one of the finest renaissance period structures in America - The Utah State Capital building. Catch the view from Capital Hill at night -where brilliant city lights extend far off to the horizon and become one with the star-filled western sky. For more see my SALT LAKE CITY page.
Stayed for 3 nights. The room was very clean and spacious. Housekeepers were always prompt and did a...more
This is the only campground in Arches National Park. There are 52 site to choose from. Current...more
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