The drive north on 89 toward Bryce Canyon gave us a lot of opportunities to pull over and get some good shots.
Bryce Canyon is a small national park when compared to the other parks we have visited. There is one main road in and out of the park with scenic stops along the north side of the road. It only took us about 2 hours in and out, it was a nice day even though a storm brewing in the distance. We captured a few good shots of the “hoodoos” around the park.
Following Bryce we were making our way east across southern Utah which naturally took us through the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. The grand staircase part of the name comes from the formation of the sharp rocks in layers looking like a staircase, although we never found this particular section of the park it is what we learned about it. We didn’t explore this are too much so there are no pictures!
We spent the night at cool little campground outside Escalante. We met a really nice Danish couple who pulled in next to us, so we had great neighbors on top of a great view!
The next day we made our way north toward Salt Lake City with intentions to climb at Maple Canyon. The weather was way too hot so we canned that idea and instead spent a couple days doing the city thing. We never actually went into SLC, we stayed south near Sandy, UT, camped free at a Wal Mart, indoor climbed at Monument Rock Climbing gym and took a couple excursions into the Provo Canyon. We stopped off at Bridal Veil Falls which is a 607-foot-tall double cataract waterfall viewable from the highway.
Our second stop was Sundance Resort which is owned by Robert Redford and is where the Sundance Film Festival originated. It became so popular they had to move it to Park City where it is now held every January. The Sundance Resort is very small but very quaint and rustic, a really cool place tucked away in the Canyons.
Soon after, we arrived in Moab, UT where we would spend the next 3 days relaxing and exploring our last 2 national parks, at least for now, these are the last! Once again way too hot to climb, temps were in the upper 90′s so instead we spent the day in the truck exploring Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, both in one day. We learned quickly that 2 parks in one day is a bit much. First we drove through Arches.
Straight after leaving Arches we made our way to Canyonlands NP and explored the park by driving the White Rim Road. Canyonlands is 337,000 acres of countless canyons and fantastically formed buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. While much different than the incredible arches of Arches NP, Canyonlands provides its own drastic beauty.
We wrapped up our time in Moab and began the journey back toward Colorado Springs where we’ll spend some time at Chuck’s house again and recharge our batteries for the last leg of the Western tour! Arkansas and then back toward the east coast!