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Category: Destinations

  • Three days in Moab, Utah–Big Trip #1

    Three days in Moab, Utah–Big Trip #1

    We visited Moab in April 2016, as part of Big Trip #1. Read about our second quickie visit in 2016 here, and our third visit in 2018 here during Big Trip #2. [If you’re reading these posts in order, you may be confused right now since the previous post was about a quick overnight in…

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  • Capitol Reef National Park

    Capitol Reef National Park

    We first visited Capitol Reef NP in April 2016 during Big Trip #1, again in November 2018 during Big Trip #2, and again in October 2020 during Big Trip #3. Had you heard of Capitol Reef National Park? We hadn’t until we started researching our first Big Trip, and much like another National Park we…

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  • Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

    Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

    We first visited GSENM in April 2016 on Big Trip #1, then again from Kanab and Escalante in November 2018 on Big Trip #2, and once more in October 2020 on Big Trip #3. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (recently drastically downsized and partitioned into three separate areas by the anti-environment Trump administration) is a wonderland of…

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  • A quick trip to Zion National Park–Big Trip #1

    A quick trip to Zion National Park–Big Trip #1

    We first visited Zion NP in April 2016 on Big Trip #1. Read a more detailed Zion post from our 2018 visit 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…

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  • Bryce Canyon National Park

    Bryce Canyon National Park

    We visited Bryce Canyon in April 2016 on Big Trip #1, and again in November 2018 on Big Trip #2. 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 visited Bryce on our First…

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  • Kodachrome Basin State Park

    Kodachrome Basin State Park

    We visited Kodachrome in April 2016 as part of Big Trip #1. 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 Basin State Park,…

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  • Dixie National Forest: Red Canyon–Big Trip #1

    Dixie National Forest: Red Canyon–Big Trip #1

    We stayed in Dixie NF in April 2016, during Big Trip #1. 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 even closer, as…

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  • Utah’s Scenic Byway 12 Corridor–Big Trip #1

    Utah’s Scenic Byway 12 Corridor–Big Trip #1

    We first visited Highway 12 in April 2016, as part of Big Trip #1. We’ve since returned to Escalante in 2018 and again in 2020, and boondocked outside Capitol Reef in 2020. 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…

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  • Three Days in Page, AZ–Big Trip #1

    Three Days in Page, AZ–Big Trip #1

    We were in Page in late March 2016, as part of Big Trip #1. 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 other…

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  • Hiking in Sedona, AZ–Big Trip #1

    Hiking in Sedona, AZ–Big Trip #1

    We visited Sedona in March 2016 as part of Big Trip #1. 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 dusty racket on…

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