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    Top Sites in Arches National Park

    Arches National Park, located near Moab Utah, is one of Utah’s Mighty 5 National Parks.  Growing up, my family spent every Spring Break camping in Arches National Park.  40 years ago, the Park wasn’t quite as famous, nor was it nearly as crowded as it is now.  And as a kid, I certainly took its beauty for granted. Since local road trips have been our only form of travel during…

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    Dead Horse Point – Utah’s Best State Park

    Dead Horse Point is most certainly Utah’s best State Park. Sitting high on a mesa near Moab Utah, Dead Horse Point offers spectacular views out across the Colorado River and the red canyons below. These views have long been a favorite of the movie industry. This is where Thelma & Louise drove off the edge to their ultimate fate. This is where Tom Cruise free solo climbs at the beginning…

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    My Thorough Guide To Capitol Reef National Park

    Capitol Reef National Park might be the most underrated of Utah’s Mighty 5 National Parks. I’ve lived in Utah for most of my life and never really thought about visiting Capitol Reef until the pandemic has forced me to explore local. I know lots of Utahns who similarly haven’t been. What a mistake! I’ve managed to visit 4 of Utah’s 5 National Parks during the pandemic, and so far, Capitol…

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    Hiking the Popular Cassidy Arch Trail in Capitol Reef National Park

    The Cassidy Arch Trail is one of the most popular hikes in Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park. This hike takes you up along the side of a cliff to the top of a high plateau, offering amazing views all along the way. Your ultimate destination is a natural arch sitting along the edge of the plateau – an arch you can actually walk across! Cassidy Arch is named for the…

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    Driving Utah’s Awe-Inspiring Cathedral Valley Loop

    Capitol Reef National Park is one of Utah’s famous Mighty 5 National Parks.  On a recent trip to Capitol Reef, I made it a point to explore the Park’s Cathedral Valley. Cathedral Valley is located in the remote north part of the Park, and is only accessible via a 58 mile loop of dirt road – the Cathedral Valley Loop. It is estimated that only 1% of Capitol Reef visitors…

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    Hiking in Utah’s Kodachrome Basin

    While Utah is well-known for its Mighty Five National Parks, the state is also home to 45 State Parks. We visited Kodachrome Basin State Park while on our first Socially Distant Local Road Trip of the pandemic.   Bryce Canyon National Park was our primary destination, but I wanted an alternate afternoon locale to escape the anticipated midday Saturday crowds in Bryce.  Kodachrome Basin is located only 30 minutes from…