Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
It’s home to the largest exposed monocline in the US, the Waterpocket Fold, which is 65 millions years old. Fun fact: This area used to be called Wayne Wonderland.
Capitol Reef National ParkWayne County, United StatesThe waterpocket fold is immense but you can’t really appreciate it from the ground. Lots of great hiking, good BLM #camping nearby. #nationalpark #desert #hiking
Colorado National Monument, Colorado
Monument Canyon TrailGrand Junction, United StatesThe Colorado National Monument is spectacularly beautiful, and this Trail is the best way to take it in. 11.4 miles out and back Trail, it is heavily trafficked but the views are amazing and it is easily accessible from anywhere in the Grand Junction area.
Arches National Park, Utah
Wonder where the name comes from? There are over 2000 natural sandstone arches in the park.
Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Canyonlands is “the most weird, wonderful, magical place on earth—there is nothing else like it anywhere,” according to Edward Abbey.
Slickrock Bike Trail, Moab, Utah
Famous in the mountain biking community, you can also just wander around the area on your feet and marvel at the scenery.
Slickrock Bike Trail Practice LoopMoab, United StatesA “mecca” for mountain bike enthusiasts? I think so. But too difficult for our moderate tastes so we just hiked along and around it. The slick rock in Utah is so cool… It’s not slick at all but provides great traction for rubber even when wet. I think it was named so because it wasn’t so great for shod horses. #mountainbiking #hiking #desert
Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah
Cowboys in the 1800s used the area as a natural corral for horses, of which many died due to exposure. That aside, there’s some great mountain biking to be had on the Intrepid Trail system.
Dead Horse Point State ParkMoab, United StatesAwesome little park not too far from Moab that has amazing #views into the canyon below. There’s really nice moderate cross country biking trails, some which skirt near the canyon ridge. #mountainbiking #hiking #desert
Kolob Canyons, Utah
Part of the Zion National Park system, it’s a much less-visited area that still has amazing viewpoints and hikes.
Kolob CanyonsNew Harmony, United StatesEvery time I drive by I pull into Kolob Canyon. It’s the back side of Zion National Park, accessed by a separate entrance. This view never gets old! #hiking #photography #climbing
Kolob CanyonsNew Harmony, United StatesPart of Zion NP this region is much less visited but has lots of excellent #hiking options including #backcountry. A great day hike is the Taylor Creek Trail, 5 miles round trip with not much elevation change. You end up at this huge alcove. Scale is hard to see here but if you squint you can see a person at the bottom right. #hiking #nationalpark #desert
Scenic Byway 12, Utah
A super-scenic section of road that includes the awesome and dramatic Hogback.
The HogbackBoulder, United StatesHighly recommended to drive the scenic byway 12. The Hogback is a narrow ridge between the towns of Boulder and Escalante, where on either side of the road it drops off pretty dramatically. Keep your eyes on the road! #roadtrip #scenic #scenicviews
Coral Pink Sand Dunes Park, Utah
The dunes — formed some 10-15 thousand years ago — are shaped by wind and eroded Navajo Sandstone.
Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah
Designated in 1908, this is Utah’s first National Monument. It was also the first to be named an International Dark Sky Park.
Natural Bridges National MonumentLake Powell, United StatesThis park was a hugely pleasant surprise on our #roadtrip. Great hiking trails at the bottom of the valley, you can walk from bridge to bridge. The whole trail is quite long so be prepared with lots of water. There’s great BLM camping just outside. It’s also a #darkskypark so awesome opportunities for #stargazing and photographing the night sky. #hiking #desert
Antelope Canyon, Arizona
You’ve seen tons of photos of these picturesque slot canyons, now go take some yourself!
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada
Escape the lights of Las Vegas; it’s only 15 miles away.
First Pass Red Rock CanyonLas Vegas, United StatesEarly October afternoon-sunset, went rock climbing for a few climbs and it was perfect because we were behind a slate of rock to provide some shade until the sun set. There were plenty of passes 🙂 Bring water! #hiking #climbing
Monument Valley / Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Utah
You may recognize this from movies like Easy Rider and Forrest Gump.
Monument ValleyOljato-Monument Valley, United StatesThe thumb in Monument Valley. Did the drive around through the park. Was a bit rushed and would have loved to do some hiking in and around here. #photography #views
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal ParkOljato-Monument Valley, United StatesAbsolutely stunning! #wonder Admission ticket is 20$ per car, valid for 2 days. It’s a gorgeous place, definitely worth the trip…
Navajo National Monument, Nevada
You can see well-preserved cliff dwellings of the Puebloan People here.
Navajo National MonumentKayenta, United StatesIn between Page and Monument Valley I think this spot is often overlooked by people but it shouldn’t be. It’s such a beautiful area. A beautiful canyon in an interesting environment and three different Ancient ruins you can hike to. Some overnight trips. I vow to come back here and do some serious exploration because it was quite icy and snowy when we were there and not prepared for that (not that I ever am). I think you can spend a surprising amount of time in this area and it is just so beautiful with a unique natural environment you don’t see often AND immense amount of history and culture. A special spot. Next time an overnight for sure for me. #hiking #history #camping
Garden of the Gods, Colorado
A new species of dinosaur was discovered here.
Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
Tree fossils in the petfried forest date back 225 million years.
Painted Desert RimPetrified Forest National Park, United StatesJunior Ranger badge #1 for this trip. A stunning view and very interesting petrified forests. #neverknew #findyourpark #nps100 #stem #roadtrip #arizona #kidslearning #activekids
Skyline Drive, Colorado
A scenic roadway built by convicts!
Skyline DriveCañon City, United StatesI know what you’re thinking, and yes, those ARE dinosaur tracks I’m standing next to. They’re located along the Skyline Drive in Canon City (near the Royal Gorge), and if it wasn’t for a small plaque along the way, you wouldn’t even notice they’re there. Definitely stop and get your Land Before Time on. Also, do it anyway for the Skyline Drive, which is pretty incredible.
Royal Gorge Route Railroad, Colorado
A historic rail route through gorge-ous scenery.
Royal Gorge Route RailroadCañon City, United StatesAwesome little 1.5 hour trip through the Royal Gorge on a historic train past rafters, kayakers, and big horn sheep. There’s a car that doesn’t have a roof to it, so you can really take in the views. Good family activity. #history
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado
At around 750 feet, these are the tallest sand dunes in North America. They started forming about 440,000 years ago.
Great Sand Dunes National Park and PreserveSaguache County, United StatesDid you know the tallest sand dunes in North America are in Colorado? This place has massive dunes surrounded by snowy mountains and glacial waterfalls — just be sure to bring your adrenaline to climb up 750 feet of sand. #hiking
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
The park hosts daily bat flight viewing programs at around sunset when the bats leave the caves.
Cathedral Rock, Sedona, Arizona
Standing at almost 5000 feet, this landmark is one of the most photographed in Arizona.
Siphon Draw Trail, Arizona
A 4.7 mile round-trip hike with around 3100 feet in elevation gain. Epic views.