S: Utah 2010
BC: "A Mother's love never ages."
FC: Utah 2010
1: Yellowstone National Park First stop was a day visit to Yellowstone National Park. Sadly we missed seeing Old Faithful due to bathroom breaks, but that's thems the breaks, haha. This was the start of a 20 hour long journey to our 2 week vacation, most of which was in Southern Utah!
2: We drove through the Teton mountains stopping at a waterfall on the way. The views were beautiful!
3: We first arrived at Zion National Park. On our first day we visited weeping rock, the upper and lower Emerald Pools, the scenic drive through the park via shuttle bus and the Three Kings Peak. The weather was very hot and sunny!
4: ZION NATIONAL PARK | The Narrows hike follows along the river with cliffs towering on either side. Most of the hike involves walking in the river over bowling ball sized rocks and it could be treacherous at times, but breathtaking!! | Day 2 we rented canyoneering boots, neoprene socks and walking sticks and tackled "The Narrows". We spent 9 hours hiking.
6: The rapids could sometimes be quite fast, and the water was waist high in a few places. It was definately the hike of a lifetime and the highlight of this trip!
10: Following Zion, we headed off to Page Arizona where we spent three days. On our first day there we went for a boat ride on Lake Powell taking in the Navajo tapestry and the outside of Antelope Canyon. The kids got to go swimming in the lake for a couple of hours before we went on the Hanging Gardens Hike. We also saw the dam on this day.
11: PAGE, ARIZONA
13: Horseshoe Bend
15: Antelope Canyon We visited both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. It was absolutely surreal! The colors and formations were incredible!
21: Coral Pink Sand Dunes The kids had a blast rolling and running through the sand dunes. The sand was super soft!
22: BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK On Day 6, we hiked the Navajo loop/Queen's Garden Trail which was absolutely amazing. It was like hiking on another planet, the formations were crazy! We also hiked the Mossy Trail.
31: ESCALANTE On day 7, we headed off to Escalante where we hiked the Willis Creek Slot. The kids were tired after that, so we let them hang out and watch TV while Terry and I hiked Lower Calf Creek Falls.
34: DEVIL'S GARDEN On day 8 we drove down Hole in the Rock Road to Devil's Garden, a grouping of strange rock formations. The kids had a blast climbing and discovering all the nooks and crannies.
36: We drove to Capitol Reef National Park, the drive was very scenic!
37: CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK Here we hiked to the tanks and did the Goosenecks hike as well as Capitol Gorge. We also visited the old schoolhouse and picked fruit at the orchard! Yum!!
39: The old schoolhouse. The rules for teachers and punishments boggled the kids quite a bit, especially boys and girls not being allowed to play with each other.
40: Capitol Gorge Hike Hike Capitol Reef At one point along the hike, up high on one of the cliff faces were signatures of visitors, going back to the 1700's and 1800's. Very cool!!
43: Picking fresh fruit from the orchard was a real treat! So fresh! Peaches, pears, plums and more. Yum!
45: On day 9 we headed towards Moab, stopping at Goblin State Park along the way as seen on this page, and Little Wild Horse Slot Canyon seen on the next page. It was very hot this day, so we only spent maybe an hour or so at the Goblin Park.
46: Little Wild Horse Slot Canyon! The colors were incredible!
49: ARCHES NATIONAL PARK Day 10 we went to Arches National Park hiking to Double Arch, Delicate Arch Viewpoint, Sandune Arch, Landscape Arch, and Park Avenue Hike. We also went to Fiery Furnace and Balanced Rock at sunset! The day was very very hot!
53: Park Avenue Hike at Arches National Park. Only Jared and Hali did this as the others were too tired so we met up with the rest of them at the end of the hike. This was probably the highlight of this park!
55: The Fiery Furnace
57: CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK On Day 11 we visited Canyonlands National Park where we went to Island in the Sky and did the Grand View Point Hike and hiked to Mesa Arch.
58: Mesa Arch
59: Beautiful Vistas
60: Dead Horse State Park The last stop on our itinerary was Dead Horse State Park also on Day 11. The vistas were breathtaking! From here it was the long drive home. We all had a wonderful time on this trip, one that won't be soon forgotten! Next time someone says "Utah, what's in Utah??!!", well, this is what's in Utah!!
61: THE END!