Southwest Parks Road Trip

This spring we took a road trip to see spectacular, eroded rocks of the southwest US. We hiked and marveled at the grandeur of nature, and I took my first Milky Way photos.

Above is Landscape Arch in Arches National Park. Landscape Arch has a span of 290 feet and is the fifth longest arch in the world.

Our road trip spanned four states: Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and Nevada.

our 2017 southwest parks road trip

We flew to Salt Lake City (A) and drove to Moab, Utah (B) to visit Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park.

Turret Arch with North Window at sunset

From Moab, we drove to Mesa Verde National Park (C) in Colorado to tour cliff dwellings from the 1200s.

Cliff Palace

From Mesa Verde, we drove to Page, Arizona (D) to walk through a red-rock, slot canyon.

Antelope Canyon sandstone

We stopped at Zion National Park (E) before flying home from Las Vegas (F).

the Narrows of the Virgin River

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I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

4 thoughts on “Southwest Parks Road Trip”

    1. Thank you. Page is easy to overlook.On a prior trip to the Grand Canyon and Bryce NP, we drove through Page without stopping, so we missed out on Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. I’d love to see The Wave, but the permits are so hard to get.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. Deserts and high mountains have such an austere beauty. You have lots of time to do this. Living in California, we’re relatively close, and this was our first visit to most of these parks.

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