The Way Is Shut

Two things you can never have too many of: Lord of the Rings references, and red rock.

Utah has four incredible National Parks, all of which I saw on this last Scamp. We’ve already talked about Zion National Park, and today I’ll share some images from two of the others, plus two bonus spots.

First up, Capitol Reef National Park. This is probably the least known of the four, but well worth a visit for fun hikes, a fantastic little bakery (Capitol Reef is home to a bunch of fruit orchards), and plenty of slot canyons that get smaller and smaller, like something out of Alice in Wonderland.

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Not for the claustrophobic. Which means me, sort of.

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On the trail.

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This is where the park gets its name.

Also in the neighborhood is Moab, which I’ll share photos of next time, but nearby is the little town of Monticello.

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Locals call this Aunt Jemima.

There’s also Natural Bridges National Monument. It was hot and I didn’t want to leave Sam in the car, so I didn’t hike down to see the bridges close up, but you should. (That’s an order.)

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From the canyon rim.

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The power of water!

Then there’s my favorite, Bryce Canyon. I’ve been there a few times now, and aside from the stunning, strange landscape, it’s a smallish park, meaning you can hike the whole thing in a day. My favorite is the 8-mile Fairyland Loop trail.

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Hoodoos!

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Those roots show tenacity.

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Hikers on the trail. Not to be missed.

Next up: Moab and Canyonlands National Park.

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4 Comments

  1. Carole Youngren August 17, 2016 at 7:45 pm #

    Love all of these!! Now that I’m back ‘in the neighborhood’ I’ll have to take some trips. Thank you for the inspiration!!

    • deonne August 17, 2016 at 8:31 pm #

      Carole – I’m so glad! We do live in the midst of such amazing and inspiring landscape.

  2. Michelle Wing August 18, 2016 at 1:38 pm #

    Oh, I LOVE Bryce Canyon! I’ve only been once, but was simply awe-struck. I’m not a wake-up-for-the-sunrise kind of person, as I’m generally more of the oh-look-it’s-the-sunrising-and-I’m-still-up kind of person…but that trip was one time when I was rewarded a million-fold for getting up before dawn. Has to be one of the most magical places on earth. Gorgeous photos as always, Deonne.

    • deonne August 18, 2016 at 2:04 pm #

      Michelle – Yes! Kindred spirits, once again. ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad you liked the photos, and that they took you back to that magical place.

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