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Posts for national monuments

Statue Of Liberty National Monument

In honor of the Union's defeat of slavery and the Confederate south, France gifted the United States with a colossal neoclassical statue. Her real name…

Little Bighorn Battlefield

On our way through Southern Montana, we decided to spend a day checking out the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. Like many of the historical…

Grand Staircase-Escalante: Devil’s Garden

Apparently, there are quite a few places in the world called "Devil's Garden" and the one we explored on this occasion was found in the…

Capitol Reef: Burr Trail Road & Notom-Bullfrog Road

To get to Burr Trail Road, we took Utah Scenic Byway 12 south for 38 miles toward the small town of Boulder from Torrey. SB-12…

Capitol Reef: Lower Cathedral Valley

The best way to visit Capitol Reef National Park is via long road trips on dusty dirt roads, some requiring 4 wheel drive and possibly…

Capitol Reef: Fruita & Fremont River Trail

Capitol Reef National Park feels like a secret. Hidden away in the remote back routes of Utah, and as evident by the low tourist population,…

Scenic Highway 12 and Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

Scenic Highway 12 Some of Utah's most gorgeous high desert scenery unravels along this all-American highway. The entirety of the road starts near Bryce Canyon…

Bryce Canyon: Mossy Cave and Fairyland Point

Mossy Cave Trail Hitch and I took Highway 12, a little less than 4 miles beyond the SR-63 turn-off. I found this hike exceedingly pleasant,…

Red Canyon, Dixie National Forest

Under the jurisdiction of Dixie National Forest is an excellent prelude to Bryce Canyon, if you are traveling eastbound on Highway 12.  When we were…

Bryce Canyon National Park: Highway 63 & Bristlecone Loop

Utah State Route 63 We drove southward from the Bryce Visitor's Center and took SR-63 all the way to Rainbow Point. It's a little over…

Bryce Canyon National Park: Queen’s Garden and Navajo Loop Combo

To absorb the true meaning of Bryce Canyon National Park, I felt that I had to descend into the canyon itself. There's a quote from…

Zion East: Driving Nirvana

Zion National Park Scenic Byway From Canyon Junction to Mount Carmel Junction on Utah Highway 9. The drive heads up and east, paralleling Pine Creek,…

Zion National Park: Northgate Peaks Trail

Northgate Peaks Trail Overlook on Kolob Terrace Kolob Terrace, also known as Kolob Plateau, is a less-visited section of Zion and is accessible via the…

Zion National Park: Weeping Rock & Timber Overlook Trail

The Weeping Rock, Zion National Park Main Canyon The verdant gardens of Weeping Rock are exquisitely beautiful. In the early morning and without another soul…

Zion National Park: Emerald Pools & Kayenta Trail

Hiking Zion's Emerald Pools The trail to Emerald Pools is a Zion National Park signature hike and a must for any first time visitor. It's…

Zion National Park: Riverwalk Trail

Zion National Park is pretty popular and received some 3.6 million visitors alone last year. Not as much as Grand Canyon's 5.2 million visitors, but…

Horseshoe Bend in Glen Canyon

I've seen Horseshoe Bend a few times in photographs on the National Geographic website, but when we got to Arizona I started seeing the image quite frequently…

Touring the Canyons of Lake Powell

As we drove up to Wahweap Bay, we both let out a long sigh-like "wow".  We beheld shimmering blue-green water and cresting rocks of white, red,…

Upper Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon lies in the great Navajo Nation wherein meanders down from the hills into lake Powell. Antelope Canyon has a few different bits and…

Grand Canyon: Village to Visitor Center

Grand Canyon's Trail of Time Starting from Vankamp's Visitor Center of the Grand Canyon Village, we hiked the South Rim trail along the newly created…