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davescharf wrote:

We just got home earlier from our trip out to Utah. We joked it was a National Parks ‘sampler’ tour because we spent 8 days out there and saw all 5 national parks in the state. We basically only drove through Capitol Reef (we were going from Moab to Springdale and the hiking here isn’t too kid friendly) and did a one hour flyover tour of Canyonlands. Canyonlands is so remote that I’m really glad we chose to see the park this way because we saw a lot of things that would require days of hiking to get out to.

@Armadillo can attest to Arches being a pretty cool place because he was there a few days before we got out there, but it was probably my 3rd favorite of the parks. I really enjoyed Zion, but Bryce Canyon blew me away in terms of how beautiful it is. Hiking down in the Ampitheater was unbelievable and the nighttime stargazing (it’s considered once of the darkest places in the US) made me wish we had spent another day or two there.

If you’re ever in the Moab area and are looking for a nice place to stay we found a place called Red Cliffs Lodge. It’s about 20 minutes outside of town and our cabin was right on the Colorado River. The lodging was great, the horseback riding was a lot of fun (although I wish it had been longer), and the restaurant had some top notch food. I can’t recommend it enough if you don’t want to camp while you’re out there.

Had similar feelings about our Utah trip a couple years ago. But Cassidy Arch in Capitol Reef was an AWESOME trail. Bryce Canyon was a favorite park, Capitol Reef 2nd Fav. (for us anyway).