Both Utah and Arizona
have some absolutely mind-blowing views. Most of them are in national parks, but some are right off the side of the road! There are campgrounds everywhere around these parks, and I would highly suggest camping at least once. It took about nine days to make our way through all of these spots. Luckily, I’m here to make the mistakes for you! I broke up the trip into multiple posts and linked to them below. Check them out!
Kanarra Creek is one of the lesser-known hikes in Utah, compared to the other national parks. The hike is 3.5 miles round-trip and involves threading in and out of the creek itself. That water’s incredibly cold, and the path along the sides being overrun in some places, so be prepared to get wet!
Bryce Canyon is an 8.2 mile hike through an incredible hoodoo-filled reserve. Fairyland Loop is the longest (and hardest) hike in Bryce, so be sure to bring your cardio pants. If you decide not to trek through Fairyland Loop, be sure to walk around the Rim Tour and get treated to an amazing view of Bryce’s famous hoodoos!
Arches National Park
Arches is a 75,000 acre reserve with over 2,000 natural arches. We only made it to four of the most popular arches (plus a big ol’ rock), but you could literally spend days exploring all of what the park has to offer. The main landmarks we made sure to visit were: Balanced Rock, Landscape Arch, Sand Dune Arch, Broken Arch, and Double Arch. Even though we missed the other 1,996, these four arches (plus a massive rock) were absolutely worth it.
Horseshoe Bend is huge, standing over 1,000 feet above the Colorado River and is 4,200 feet above sea level. You can walk up to the edge of the canyon for free! You can also explore the canyon below in a few different ways (hikes, helicopter rides, etc), but those are paid excursions. The time of day plays a huge factor in not only the view, but also how the canyon looks. Click below, I can tell you more!
While it’s called Antelope Canyon, the slot canyon is actually made up of two separate canyons, Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. Each has its own distinct quality, and after reading, you’ll be able identify which canyon is which. Slot canyons like Antelope are formed through rushing water carving through layers of stone over a long period of time. As the water etches away the rock, it starts swirling in miniature whirlpools. I’ll show you what safety precautions to take and what kinds of awesome photos are possible there.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park is a 232 square mile natural preserve and it’s also one of the busiest national parks in Utah. There’s a wide diversity of hikes you can take: Riverside Walk, a trek to Hanging Gardens, walks through several levels of the Emerald Pools, a strenuous, watery march through The Narrows, and a chain-assisted hike to Angels Landing. Zion was by far my favorite stop in Utah, and I have a feeling it’ll be yours too.
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