Spring of 2017 in Utah

Well, It’s been too long since we have updated the blog and filled you in on our adventures. There has been so much fun that it’s hard to know where to start. Writing something small about the National parks we visited in Utah last spring was the only thing I could think of.

First stop was Arches

We hit Arches in April of 2017. We were able to do a few hikes and a guided hike with a park ranger into the Fiery Furnace. You have to have a permit or take the guided hike of the Fiery Furnace. The photos do not do it justice. If you have the time, sign up for the hike.

Here are a few photos of Fiery Furnace. I still dream about the beauty of this place.

Next Stop was Canyon Lands

We loved it here. The hikes are amazing and there are a lot less people in the southern part of the park. If you are in southern Utah, don’t pass up this park. Needles will not disappoint.

…and then there was Bryce Canyon

What can I say about Bryce and the National Forest around it. It is breathtaking and feels is if you have landed on another planet. There are so many hikes here with beauty that can haunt your thoughts for life.

The last Utah National Park was Zion

Zion can make a person feel like an ant. Looking up from the valley floor makes one come to terms with heights that feel unnatural and impossible. This was my third time in this park. I was so excited to show Laura this magical place, and we will have to come again. Our time there was not long enough, but that could be said for all of the parks we visited.

Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments

We were lucky enough to visit some National Monuments in Utah as well. They were still 100 percent protected under the Antiquities Act when we were there. Their protections have since been reduced in size, leaving some of the treasures we visited no longer under the protections afforded to National Monuments. I think Teddy Roosevelt said it best. “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interest skin your country of it’s riches or it’s romance.”

This post feels too short and I wanted it to have more depth about the trips and each park, but there is still so much more to come. The next stop we will post about is our summer in Jackson Hole… well then Montana too. Wow, there is so much to get caught up. See you all in Jackson.

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