Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Possible Southwest USA Trip | Fall Break 2015

There's a lot of cool outdoor places to explore right here in our backyard here in Utah, and surrounding states. I've been most of the National Parks in Utah, Moab, Canyonlands, Escalante-Grand Staircase, Dead Horse Point State Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Zions, etc... and I absolutely love all of them. When the temperature starts to get nippy in the Salt Lake Valley, just drive South to experience warmer weather.

We're looking for somewhere to go for FALL Break.  Either for a few days, or an entire week. While its a bad idea to hit too many attractions in a short time, here I list some of the places that we're considering visiting in Southern Utah/Arizona/Colorado. I order them in order of importance.

1. Grand Canyon

I've always wanted to go to the Grand Canyon! It's one of the most famous sites in the world, and though I've been very close, I've never been! 

2. Antelope Canyon

This beautiful slot canyon is rated one of the best in the world. This is on protected Navajo lands, so a tour guide is necessary. But, look at these photos below! It's absolutely stunning. At certain times of the day, light is shining down like the first vision.
The light is shining down.

3. Lake Powell

Most people I know that go here, go boating. There's plenty of places to camp, and it's very close to Antelope Canyon.

4. Monument Valley

This picturesque old western staple scenery looks like a fun visit. 

5. Four Corners

We learned about this monument when I was in 4th grade. One who stands in the middle straddles 4 states.

6. Mesa Verde National Park

This is further than most of the other attractions. This is an ancient Anasazi Indian village carved into the facade of the mountain. This really captured my imagination as a kid. An entire city preserved in the mountains.


We'll see where we go and what we see! Our biggest constraint is $$$. We're hoping that we can make this as cheap as possible, with our main cost being gas. We'd be sleeping in a tent, and packing all of our food and gear in our SUV.

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