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Bryce Canyon National Park – Red rock vistas and canyon trails

Bryce Canyon National Park is known for the abundant of “hoodoos” which are tall skinny spires of rock that protrudes from the bottom of the basins.

Ranging in height from five to 100 feet, hoodoos are sedimentary rock formed by erosion between alternating hard and softer rock layers.  They are abundant in the northern section of park.

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During the three seasons, Bryce Canyon offers two campgrounds and only one during the winter season. Learn how Bryce Canyon was formed by attending one of the many ranger programs, telescope stargazing or daily evening programs.

 

Even horseback riding on the many trails is a great way to experience Bryce Canyon.


Zion National Park – Canyon country views and adventure

Zion National Park feature of the 229-square-mile park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles long and to a depth of half a mile cut through sheer reddish and tan-colored sandstone. The narrowest part of Zion Canyon is known as The Narrows. With the gorge walls a thousand feet tall and the Virgin River is just 30 feet wide at times, this is one of the most popular areas for hiking in the Park.  This hike starts at the Temple of Sinawava and you must get your feet wet as you walk upstream since there is no trail.

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The narrowest part of Zion Canyon is known as The Narrows. With the gorge walls a thousand feet tall and the Virgin River is just 30 feet wide at times, this is one of the most popular areas for hiking in the Park.

This hike starts at the Temple of Sinawava via the Riverside Walk  and you must get your feet wet as you walk upstream since there is no trail.   Walk/wading upstream before turning around and hiking back down to the temple.  You can also see The Narrows by hiking along the paved, wheelchair accessible Riverside Walk for one mile. .

 

 


Arches National Park – A great family park where you can walk to many features

The sculptured rock scenery of Arches was created by water and ice, extreme temperatures and underground salt movement.  Over 100 million years of erosion created this land boasting one of the world’s greatest densities of natural arches.  Numbering over 2,000 arches that range in size from a three foot opening to the longest, Landscape Arch, measuring 306 feet base to base.  From the road, several large arches, towering spires, pinnacles are visible.

Along with two delicate arch viewpoints, Upper and Lower, there are over 14 hiking trails that range from an easy walk of 0.3 mile, Balance Rock, to the difficult and longest at 7.2 miles, The Devils Garden Trail.

 

The park has no food or lodging
facilities . The town of Moab,
just South of the park, offers full visitor services.