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    Explore Canyonlands National Park

    by blueskyjohn Written Jan 27, 2015

    Canyonlands National Park is located in Southern Utah. Canyonlands is divided into three sections. Island in the Sky to the northeast, Needles to the south and The Maze to the west. Pobably the most visited district is Island in the Sky because of it's proximity to Moab and easy access from Route 70. Still, it is 45 minutes from both to the entrance of Island in the Sky.

    The Needles sees less people because the entrance is more remote and The Maze is even more remote than the Needles. Island in the Sky gives a great overview of the area and it is a beautiful drive to the Grand View Point.

    The largest town closest to Canyonlands is Moab and makes for a great base for exploring Canyonlands.

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    Visit and Explore Arches National Park

    by blueskyjohn Written Dec 8, 2014

    Arches is one of my favorite parks. There are over 2000 documented Arches in the park. There are also spires and formations that will amaze you.

    Hiking - There is not as many hiking trail here as you may find in other national parks. Some of the highlights is the Devils Garden Trail, Delicate Arch, Klondike Bluff and the Windows area.

    Camping - There is only 50 campsites in Arches. They are located in the Devils Garden campground at the far end of the park. The site offers, potable water, picnic tables, grills, as well as both pit-style and flush toilets. The campground is open year round however, the running water is shut off during winter to prevent the pipes from freezing. Sites can be reserved in advance by visiting www.recreation.gov. The cost is $20 per night.

    The park is open 24 hours a day all year. However, the visitor center is closed on Christmas Day. The entrance fee is still $10 per vehicle and good for seven days. Still the best bargain in the National Park system.

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    Monument Valley

    by HispanicYob Written Sep 17, 2014

    This place doesn't have an exact address, which is all well and good, considering you can't define this region on just an address. Located in the south of Utah and the north of Arizona, Monument Valley is home to some of the most amazing scenery in the United States. Films and TV shows have used it as a backdrop for some memorable scenery. This area makes up a part of the Navajo Nation, and is not far from the Four Corners region. This place should be a part of your road trip itinerary at some point of your life. This is an area of the United States that still seems so desolate and remote with it's untouched beauty.

    There are many things you can do here, such as hire a horse and guide, or you can just be in awe observing the valley from the modern visitors center located on the grounds. General admission was $10.00 as of 2014, and hours vary depending on the season you go. My friends and I went in March, which is a good time to visit. You won't experience the harsh cold of winter or the searing heat of summer. I was spellbound during my first visit here, and I will be back again in the future!

    The scenery that defines the Old West Big buttes and you cannot lie! Awesome weekend trip, complete!
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    Capitol Reef National Park

    by Mayzhou100 Updated Jun 16, 2014

    Capitol Reef was a big surprise to me when I explored it in Dec 2013. After few days of travel in the sandstone and red stone area in NV, AZ and UT, it was so nice to see fruit trees in the dry land. Apple trees, pear trees and peach trees are everywhere in Fruita Area. All the trees and irrigation system were brought and built up here by Mormon pioneers in the 1800s. They built up church, schoolhouse, farms and families and formed their own society. I wish I could come back to visit it in spring and autumn someday.

    I did a hike in Grand Wash Trail. The watercourse left its marks on the rocks. It is fun to see holes and different rock shapes after thousands years.

    Giant Tree in Capitol Reef Fruita Area River Marks on Grand Wash Trail UFO in the Grant Wash Trail
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    Arches National Park--Red Rock Wonderland

    by Mayzhou100 Updated Jun 16, 2014

    Arches National Park is one of my favorite parks in Southwest because of its amazing natural formation of the red rocks in different shapes. After watched the documentary and stamped on my "passport" in the Visitor Center, I started our exploration in the park and visited Courthouse Towers, Petrified Dunes, Balanced Rocks, Garden of Eden, the Windows, Landscape Arch. Finally we hiked 3 miles on icy paths (yaktrax is recommended) and got to the famous Delicate Arch. It hides behind the hills and I couldn't see it on the way. But when it appeared in front of my face, I felt so overwhelmed and surprised about its height and beauty. I chose the photo with 2 people standing at the bottom of the arch to make a contrast.

    Delicate Arch in Sunset Courthouse Towers Landscape Arch the Window
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    Sunset of Mt. Camel in Zion

    by Mayzhou100 Updated Jun 14, 2014

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    From Bryce Canyon to Zion NP, we drove on 89 south for a while and turned right on Byway 9. It led us to Zion NP east entrance through a 1.1 mile tunnel. We saw great mountain scenery when we passed the " windows" along the tunnel. But we were not allowed to stop and take photos. It is so fantastic and I wish I could take videos next time when I drive through. Mt. Camel is right out of the tunnel. The sunset was beautiful.

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    Angel's Landing

    by Mayzhou100 Updated Jun 14, 2014

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    Angel's Landing is so famous for hikers. We hiked it on the last day of our trip and spent 4 hours to get to the top and back to the parking lot. It was Dec 2013 and some icy spots were found along the trail, especially the last half mile. There are chains to be hold on to for parts of the last half-mile because it is very strenuous with sharp drop offs and narrow paths. Sometimes we needed to wait for other people until they passed. When we got to top, all the efforts were worthwhile. Glad we did it.

    Angel's Landing on right View from the Angle's Landing Path to the Angle's Landing View from Angle's Landing Angle's landing
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    Bryce Canyon National Park

    by Mayzhou100 Updated Jun 13, 2014

    We got to see the sunset and sunrise in Bryce Canyon. Did Navajo /Queens Garden Loop hike during the day and got beautiful views from buttom of the canyon. Also visited Paris view, Farview Point, Rainbow Point and Natural Bridge.

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    Highway 12

    by Mayzhou100 Updated Jun 13, 2014

    Drove from Capitol Reef back on route 24 west, we turned left on highway 12. Pine trees, birch trees are combined along the road. It looked awesome. Saw some deers too. It was cloudy and no snow that day. The road was cleared when we passed through in Dec, 2013.

    Due to uncertainty of winter weather, please check the road condition and see if the highway 12 is open for drive through before you head there.

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    Canyon Land National Park

    by Mayzhou100 Updated Jun 11, 2014

    Canyon Land National Park has 3 area: the Island in the Sky, the Needles and the Maze. I only got to visit the Island in the Sky. The paved road led us to some of the view points and great for sight seeing.

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    Explore Goblin Valley State Park

    by blueskyjohn Written Sep 26, 2013

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    This state park is fairly remote but situated in a very good location if you are touring the southern national parks of Utah. Just off route 24, Goblin sits in a valley at the base of the San Rafael Swell. The park has unique features of sandstone. The valley is composed of different layers of sandstone that eroded at different rates. The lower layer eroded faster than the upper layer, creating mushroom type sculptures.

    As with most state parks in Utah, Goblin has showers and camp sites. Great to stop in and visit for the day.

    More here on this wonderful park: Goblin Valley State Park

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    Visit Springdale, gateway to Zion National Park

    by blueskyjohn Updated Sep 24, 2013

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    Springdale is a quaint little town right at the entrance to Zion National Park. The town has everything you need for your visit to Zion. Hotels, good restaurants, outdoor equipment shops and guide services if you desire using one.

    While I always camp within Zion National Park, I enjoy going into Springdale sometimes for dinner or just stop into my favorite watering hole, The Bit and Spur Saloon. I have very fond memories sitting at the bar after a long backpacking trip in Zion, sipping a hefenweisen beer as the bar played Ben Harper.

    They now have a fairly good supermarket so you don't have to go all the way to the next town for supplies.

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    Explore Bryce Canyon National Park

    by blueskyjohn Written Sep 23, 2013

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    Bryce Canyon National Park has some very unique features known as "hoodoos." These hoodoos are formed by erosion from ice and rainwater wearing away the weak limestone. Bryce is open year round but can have many trail closures, especially in winter. Winter can be severe because Bryce Canyon rim is at 8000 feet above sea level and that is where you can gain access to the park.

    There is a $25 entrance fee. The main area of the canyon is toward the entrance and the one most photographed. Camping is available and reservations can be made online at www.recreation.gov

    Bryce also has a Lodge in the park and a visitor center.

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    Explore Zion National Park

    by blueskyjohn Updated Sep 23, 2013

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    Zion National Park was the first national park I visited many years ago. One of my favorite parks. Zion is located in the southwestern part of the state and is only a 3 hour drive from Las Vegas. There is a $25 entry fee. In 1997, the park service introduced a shuttle service to replace the number of vehicles driving to Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. The shuttle must be used from mid March to the beginning of November. Vehicle are permitted all other times. The drive through the park on route 9 is one not to be missed.

    There are two visitor centers, Zion Canyon (Main entrance) and Kolob Canyon to the north. These two are not connected by road and you would have to exit the park to get to the other. There is also a hotel in the park, Zion Canyon Lodge.

    Zion is different than other "canyon" national parks such as Bryce or Grand Canyon because all visitor centers, camping and the lodge are on the canyon floor. There are several hiking trail throughout the canyon floor, included the hike up the Virgin River to the "Narrows." All over night backpacking requires a back country permit that can be obtain at Zion Canyon visitor center.

    There is several campgrounds within the park. You must reserve this in advance at www.recreation.gov

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    Golden Spike National Historic Site

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Aug 18, 2013

    This is the point at which the first rail line across the US from east to west came together in May 1869. The site is literally still in the middle of nowhere ( about 1 1/2 North of Salt Lake City). At the site are replicas of the two trains that met and the site where the spike was laid.

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