Arizona and Utah National Parks

Before driving home to the Northeast for the holidays, we stopped at several national parks in the deserts of Arizona and Utah.

Steve in front of a really big canyon, or so we are told...

Steve in front of a really big canyon…

The Grand Canyon gave us our coldest night yet with the temperature dropping down to 10 degrees Fahrenheit.  We stayed warm in the truck and hung around till the next day to actually see the canyon.

Enjoying a chilly day with views of the Grand Canyon.

Enjoying a chilly day with views of the Grand Canyon.

Catching the last light of the day at Horseshoe Bend in Arizona.

Catching the last light of the day at Horseshoe Bend in Arizona.

After Arizona we headed to Utah to check out several national parks.  We hiked classic trails in Zion, Bryce Canyon, Escalante, and Arches.  The drives between the parks were just as beautiful too!

Steve sneaking in some climbing while hiking up to Angels Landing.

Steve sneaking in some climbing while hiking up to Angels Landing.

Joanna in front of the last exposed section of the Angels Lading trail.

Angels Landing summit photo.

Angels Landing summit photo.

Looking back on the Angels Landing trail.

Looking back at the chains of the Angels Landing trail.

Joanna and George hiking in Zion National Park.

Joanna and George hiking in Zion National Park.

Boris parked in front of Angels Landing.

Boris parked in front of Angels Landing.

Steve enjoying a chilly hiking day.

Steve enjoying a chilly hiking day in Bryce Canyon.

A snowy Bryce Canyon.

A snowy Bryce Canyon.

Bryce Canyon National Park

The hoodoos which make Bryce Canyon National Park famous.

The ranger in Escalante told us the drive to Arches would take 4.5 hours, but it always takes longer because its too beautiful not to stop. He was right, here is one of the views from Highway 12.

The ranger in Escalante told us the drive to Arches would take 4.5 hours, but it always takes longer because its too beautiful not to stop. He was right, here is one of the views from Highway 12.

Petroglyphs along the Lower Calf Creek Falls trail.

Petroglyphs along the Lower Calf Creek Falls trail.

Lower Calf Creek Falls in Escalante National Monument.

Lower Calf Creek Falls in Escalante National Monument.

Highway 12 views as we approach Capital Reef National Park.

Highway 12 views as we drive past Capital Reef National Park.

Arches National Park

The classic Utah shot at Arches National Park

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