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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.

    Sunset of Mt. Camel in Zion Sunset of Mt. Camel in Zion Sunset of Mt. Camel in Zion Arch in conformation The Window of the Tunnel to Zion
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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.

    Navajo trail up look Sunset in Bryce Canyon Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon Chess in Queens Garden Trail 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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    St George's

    by Jim_Eliason Written Oct 28, 2012

    This town in Southwestern utah is the gateway to Zion National park and many of the other National parks of southern Utah. In addition it has its own history as a early center of mormonism and as the winter home of Brigham Young.

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    Little Wild Horse Canyon – first slot canyon ever

    by vtveen Updated May 13, 2012

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    While travelling through Utah and Arizona visiting one of the slot canyons was an absolutely ‘must do’ for us. We decided for the Little Wild Horse Canyon as our first slot canyon ever, mostly because we had read a lot of good reviews of it and because it is located close to Goblin Valley State Park.

    We hadn’t any problems driving (by normal car) to the parking area, parked our car, signed the trail register, took a lot of water and some provisions with us and started our hike into some unknown ‘adventure’.

    Just after the toilet the trail starts more or less within a wide and stony streambed. After about 15 minutes the trail divides and we followed the one to the right (left is to Bell Canyon). Slowly but surely the trail became narrower, and the rock walls higher. After some more minutes we entered the ‘entrance’ of Little Wild Horse Canyon, but the walls were not yet too high and the sun was still shining.
    Suddenly we were walking in the first ‘narrow’ with impressive rock formations towering over our heads, curved and sculpted sandstone rocks and incredible colours. Sometimes the canyon was almost as narrow as our shoulders, but nowhere it was difficult to pass (only when we had some upcoming other hikers). The hike itself is a combination of coarse gravel, fine sand, and rocks.

    We were lucky with the weather; on most places the sun reached the bottom of the canyon and we were able to shoot a lot of pictures (visited June 20th between 1.30 and 3.00 pm). We did a couple of narrows and then returned the same way; it is also possible to make a loop, coming back through Bell Canyon.
    (See for more info and a map: http://www.climb-utah.com/SRS/lwh.htm)

    After 1½ hours we came back at the trailhead and had a breathtaking really beautiful experience.

    Little Wild Horse Canyon - narrow Little Wild Horse Canyon Little Wild Horse Canyon - curved Little Wild Horse Canyon - sculpted Little Wild Horse Canyon - entrance
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    Goblin Valley State Park – from another planet

    by vtveen Updated May 13, 2012

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    From deposits laid about 170 million years ago by a vast inland sea, the park has been sculpted by erosion of wind and water. Today results of these geologic forces can be seen in the stone gnomes in habiting the valley.

    When approaching Goblin Valley State Park from Highway 24 through a more or less flat landscape of the San Rafael Desert we didn’t see anything spectacular. Just around the park entrance a re a couple of goblins, but we were absolutely overwhelmed by the view from the overlook into the valley with thousands and thousands of these goblin-like rock formations. The valley – not that big; being one mile across and two miles long - is surrounded by impressive rock walls and in the background are the San Rafael Reef and the Henry Mountains.

    ‘Of course’ we descended the rather steep slope into the valley. There are no trails on the bottom, so we wandered around surrounded by the ‘goblins’. Most of these red/orange/brown coloured rocks are just a couple of meters high. When coming so close it is very easy to see that the (top) boulders are of hard rock with a weaker sandy layer. It is almost unbelievable this landscape is the result of millions of years of effects of wind and water.
    One of the discoverers of the valley called it Mushroom Valley and I think this would be a better name, because in my opinion the rocks look more like mushrooms than like goblins. I have to admit some are absolutely phallic-like rocks (but Phallus Valley State Park doesn’t sound !!).

    We returned and had our lunch at the sheltered observation point, with still great views of this unique landscape from another planet !! All together our visit took about one hour and was absolutely worth the detour from the highway.

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    Goblin Valley is a state park and your America the Beautiful (annual) Pass is not valid.
    Admission fee is USD 7,-.
    The Park and (small) Visitor Center are open year round.

    Goblin Valley State Park - another planet Goblin Valley State Park Goblin Valley SP - we in front of some goblins Goblin Valley SP - lunch with a view
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