Category: Utah

Epic National Parks Road Trips – Ultimate American Southwest Road Trip

The next epic road trip in my five-part series is an amazing trip thru the American Southwest.  The Southwest is one of the most unique and beautiful areas of the United States, and undoubtedly my favorite part of the country.  With breathtaking canyons, beautiful forests, and stunning desert landscapes, the canyon region of Southern Utah and Northern Arizona is an absolute must-see for any outdoor enthusiast.  In this epic road trip, you will get to see the best that this region of the United States has to offer.

Canyonlands National Park Visitor Guide

If you love rough and beautiful landscapes, then Canyonlands National Park should be near the top of your list of places to visit.  Within this visitor’s guide, I will outline all of the information you will need to make your visit to Canyonlands National Park a success.  With information on how to get to the park, the best times to visit, the top things to do and see within the park, and resources to make your visit a success, this guide is a one-stop resource for your planning needs.

7-Day American Southwest Adventure Itinerary

The American Southwest has some of the most beautiful landscapes in North America.  From mountains, to desert, to canyons and breathtaking lakes, it really has it all.  There is so much to do and see in the American Southwest that it can sometimes get a little overwhelming trying to plan a trip to see it all.  Well, fear not, because we are here to help.

You could spend thousands of dollars to take a pre-arranged tour, but why spend lots of money to get pigeon-holed into a set itinerary and forced to explore on someone else’s timeline?  Instead, we have put together a series of rough itineraries and planning guides that you can use to plan your own trip to explore these beautiful landscapes.

Zion National Park Visitor Guide

Zion National Park might be the biggest adventure park of all of the national parks in the continental United States.  The park is absolutely filled with big adventures of all kinds.  The park has some of the most extreme hikes, and extreme views, of any park in the lower 48 states.  This is what attracts millions of visitor’s a year to Zion Canyon and its what keeps them coming back again-and-again.

Glen Canyon National Recreational Area Visitor’s Guide

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream land.  In the summer months it is a mecca for boaters from all over the country and the world.  Some people spend months camped out along-side the shores of the lake.  There is no shortage of things to do in the area, so there is never a dull moment.

In this guide, I am going to give you some tips on how to get to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, the best time to visit the area, some valuable resources to help plan your trip, and review some of my favorite places within Glen Canyon.  

Monument Valley Visitor’s Guide

If Monument Valley looks familiar to you, there is a very good reason for that.  It is one of the most used locations for media of all formats.  Over the decades there have been dozens-and-dozens of movies that were filmed among Monument Valley’s beautiful buttes and mesas.

Bryce Canyon National Park Visitor Guide

While Bryce Canyon may not be as big and vast as the Grand Canyon, it is every bit as beautiful.  The contrast of the red sandstone spires, known as hoodoos, against the green trees and blue sky is breathtaking.  As someone who loves photography, this park is undoubtedly my favorite park to photograph.

Bryce Canyon National Park also offers a lot of fun things to do for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds.  The park has some great hiking paths, ample biking paths, and plenty of opportunities for horseback riding.  And for those who aren’t up to hiking or biking, the park offers a number of amazing viewpoints that give you postcard worthy views of the canyon.

Guide to Devil’s Garden in Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument

Devil’s Garden is a unique set of rock formations along the Hole-in-the-Rock road within the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument.  If you are interested in seeing some interesting and beautiful rock formations, but not up for doing a long hike, then the Devil’s Garden is perfect for you.  You can see the rock formations without having to venture much past the parking area.  If you are interested in doing a bit more hiking, there are plenty of opportunities to hike and explore in the area.

Guide to Zebra Slot Canyon in Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument

If you are planning a visit to the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument and you are looking for a fun hike that isn’t too difficult, the Zebra Slot Canyon hike should be near the top of your list.  This is one of the more popular hikes in the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument because the hike is relatively easy and the Zebra Slot Canyon is beautiful.  As a bonus, you can add the Tunnel Slot Canyon to the hike and make the hike a nice loop hike.

Guide to Long Canyon Slot in Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument

Long Canyon slot was a remarkable slot canyon that we were able to explore while visiting the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument in Southern Utah last week.  It is just one of many slot canyons in the Grand Staircase, but it is one of the prettier ones that we were able to visit.  Even though the slot isn’t too deep, the sheer height and size of the canyon was pretty cool to see.