Nearly everyone seems to have a bucket list of things to do, see, and experience before they move on to the next universe. As an outdoor educator, Yellowstone park ranger, naturalist guide, and nature mentor, I’ve been lucky to list and check-off my share of amazing national parks. While it’s hard to suggest places or […]
Capturing an outstanding slice of Utah’s Canyon Country, this trip takes you to four national parks and monuments: Capitol Reef, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Arches, and Canyonlands. Add to that a multi-day river trip through Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River, and you’ve got yourself one Supreme Southwest journey!
Tiny towns, a winding “All American Highway,” and over two million acres of sandstone cliffs, narrow slot canyons, ancient riverbeds, century-old orchards, and slickrock mark the area in and around Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Capitol Reef National Park. Backcountry exploring is limitless, and there are rewards to be had for doing so – a glimpse of a bighorn sheep, ancient petroglyphs, caves, and springs.
Canyonlands and Arches National Parks are neighbors, but far from one and the same. Canyonlands is a huge, spacious park, characterized by sandy washes, abundant slickrock, towering red rock walls and eroded spires, slot canyons, and waterways cutting through, including the Green and Colorado Rivers. Arches is compact, with fantastic formations, and the largest density of natural sandstone arches in the world. A number of fun, short trails lead to intriguing windows, arches, dinosaur tracks, balanced rocks, and rock art.
Swap your hiking boots for paddles and launch on a grand, multi-day whitewater rafting adventure through Cataract Canyon, camping on riverside sandbars under the starriest night skies. What better way to cap off this supreme expedition?
National parks, a whitewater river trip, wonderful lodges, and days spent outside – this trip reigns supreme!