For the majority of US national parks in the contiguous states of America (the lower 48), it takes dedication to ignore the summer overflow of visitors. The more scenic, the more dedication required. That’s been our experience in the almost four dozen national parks we have explored; yet, the absence of masses of visitors is…
Dead Horse Point State Park… not such a great name or backstory, but such a beautiful spot to visit. Often overshadowed by Utah’s magnificent national parks, Dead Horse is definitely worth a visit. Only a few miles from Arches, turn on to Utah 313 and travel 22 miles on paved roads to the park entrance.
True to its name, Arches National Park just outside of Moab, Utah, displays 2500 natural arches of amazing sizes, shapes, and colors. It’s easy to look at the arches and picture all sorts of shapes and figures in this magnificent masterpiece of nature. My imagination was definitely running wild in this park, and often found myself taking a second or even third look at these breathtaking arch formations.
A relative youngster in geologic time at only 60 million years old, Bryce Canyon National Park is a lacy combination of spires and pinnacles which form the most incredible breathtaking views. Of all the Utah parks we visited, I’d have to say it’s my favorite.
Day One on the road has taught me that this trip may not really be about the destinations – it’s the journey. The breathtaking scenery we found driving through northern Arizona and southern Utah was overwhelming. I had recently asked a very well-traveled RVer (49 states in seven years) which was his favorite state to travel, and he immediately answered “Utah.” I was shocked, but now I see why. Fortunately, we live close enough to go back – many times, I’m sure.