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Capitol Reef National Park

Had you heard of Capitol Reef National Park? We hadn’t until we started researching this trip, and much like another National Park we didn’t know, it was a treat. The park is named for a white domed rock that resembles...

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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is huge, with varied terrain, lots of colors, and many many phenomenal hiking and biking opportunities. After initially finding its size intimidating (how do we possibly find the best hikes in this enormous place?) we loved...

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A quick trip to Zion National Park

Read a more detailed Zion post here! We visited Zion from our base in Dixie National Forest, about an hour and a half away, which meant we got up at the crack of dawn in order to catch the first...

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Wow. Bryce Canyon National Park is incredible. Hoodoos (otherworldly red spires) rise from the canyon floor as far as the eye can see, with evergreens sprinkles around for contrast. We hiked two loops on two different days: the aptly-named Fairyland Trail,...

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Kodachrome Basin State Park

I’m not even allowed to say the name of this park out loud around a certain someone anymore. Because of this. While everyone is at the National Parks along Rt 12, you can have a quiet visit to the gorgeous Kodachrome...

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Dixie National Forest: Red Canyon

On our tour along Utah’s Route 12, we spent 6 nights boondocking in Dixie National Forest. Red Canyon, with its vermilion cliffs and spires, green pines, and network of hiking and biking trails, was just a couple miles down the road (but...

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Utah’s Scenic Byway 12 Corridor

The stretch of red canyon cliffs and alien rock formations along Utah Highway 12 from just south of Panguitch in the west to Torrey in the east was our favorite part of the trip so far. Along this curvy little road lie the geological wonderlands...

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Three Days in Page, AZ

Page is in northernmost Arizona, a gateway town to natural wonders like the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell (ok, not totally natural, but wonderous), and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. We went for a few hikes and...

Hiking in Sedona, AZ

The scenery in Sedona is gorgeous, with towering red rocks in every direction you look. The problem with all that beauty so close to a town is that the town is overrun with people shopping, eating, hiking, driving really slowly, causing a...

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Grand Canyon National Park – South Rim

[FOR GRAND CANYON NORTH RIM, SEE HERE!] If you’re planning a visit to the Grand Canyon, GET THERE EARLY! Even in late March, before the tourist season really gets underway, the park got crowded quickly. To avoid waiting in line at the...