canyonlands national park

Canyonlands National Park

As we surveyed the vista at the first overlook at Canyonlands National Park, we said to each other “this is my new favorite park.” Canyonlands is enormous; we were in the Island in the Sky section, with arches, domes, and the canyons,...

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park is fun. We got there early, perhaps too early for good photography, but early enough to beat the crowds at our first couple stops. This is Delicate Arch, which you may recognize from Utah license plates: And...

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Three days in Moab, Utah

Campground We stayed at Canyonlands RV Resort and Campground, a quiet and leafy, if close-packed, park backing up to a high school on two sides, which gave it a more private feel. They give you cookies when you check in!...

capitol reef national park

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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Zion National Park

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 park shuttle bus of the morning from...

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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...