Utahhhhhhhh!

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 18th Apr 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Southern Utah contains perhaps the most spectacular scenery one could see anywhere.

Southern Utah takes your breath away.

In the United States, some roads in every state are designated as 'scenic routes', but in Southern Utah, every road is a scenic route. Across the breadth of the lower half of Utah stretch four national parks, each offering its own distinct and unique brand of beauty and grandeur.

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon is small by national park standards. The road along the rim of the canyon is only thirteen miles long, but along those miles you can feast your eyes upon some of the most colorful, strange and unique scenery in the world. Its tall rock spires are called hoodoos, and there are innumerable trails that snake through them. If you hike these trails you will be astounded at their size and majesty.

Zion National Park

Zion just might be the crown jewel of Utah's national parks, but you could argue for that status for any of them. Its myriad trails offer spectacular views, Some are easy and some are incredibly taxing physically, taking you up as much as four thousand vertical feet from the floor of the canyon and back down again.

If you visit Zion, hiking the Narrows is a must. Here the Virgin River has cut through the canyon for eons, carving deep and steep into the granite. You'll want to get a weather report before attempting this, however, for sudden cloudbursts can produce flash floods that race through the gorge and raise the water level several feet in the blink of an eye, and there is no way to escape should this happen

Canyonlands

At Canyonlands your sight feasts upon a vast array of buttes and mesas and deep canyons that stretch as far as the eyes can see. Here the Colorado and Green rivers have over millions of years carved out a truly magnificent landscape. Above the confluence of the two rivers they both flow slow and calm, and you can leisurely float along drinking in the views. Below the confluence there are whitewater rapids that are some of the best anywhere.

The Island in the Sky

The pictures of the the Canyonlands shown here were taken from The Island in the Sky, one of three sections of the park, and the one most accessible. The other two, The Maze and The Needles, are more difficult to access, but worth the effort as all three areas have their distinctly different appeal.

Arches National Park

Close by Canyonlands sits Arches National Park, where Mother Nature has outdone herself in creating innumerable arches that seem to defy gravity, logic and reason. There is easy access to Arches from the mountain-biking mecca of Moab, Utah, very close to the Four Corners area, where the borders of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico meet. You'll want to hike in order to get close to all the different fantastic formations, and you will take delight in the changing of color as the sun moves across the sky.

The Double O

One of my favorites is the Double O Arch. When you hike to the myriad of attractions in the park you will need to stay hydrated, so take plenty of water with you. All of these parks are of course in the desert, which can be stiflingly hot in the day and very cold at night. The desert is a harsh environment and you must be well prepared to deal with it.

Collapsing Arches

Over time many of the arches here have collapsed, some seventy or so in the past forty years. Landscape Arch, seen in the picture below, collapsed just two years ago.

In sum, a trip along the southern tier of Utah through its four distinctly different National Parks is a vacationer's dream.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar johnnydod
21st Apr 2011 (#)

I'm on my way, great article Steve

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
21st Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you, johnnydod. Appreciate it.

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author avatar Ibolya Lőrincz
21st Apr 2011 (#)

It is really breathtaking!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
21st Apr 2011 (#)

Yes, Ibolya, it certainly is. Thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Songbird B
21st Apr 2011 (#)

Your words and your stunning photos make me so wish I could travel to these places too, Steve.. Another fantastic article and a thoroughly well deserved Star Page too...Congratulations my friend. Fantastic share...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
21st Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you, Songbird B. Even the most amateur photographer, which I am, cannot fail to take great photos in places like these.

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author avatar Songbird B
22nd Apr 2011 (#)

I disagree Steve...You have a very good eye, and these are absolutely excellent shots.. I think that you are far from an amateur with results like these...Great work my friend...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Apr 2011 (#)

My wife Carol takes most of them and deserves most of the credit. Thanks.

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author avatar Denise O
22nd Apr 2011 (#)

Steve, I have been there many of times, as my Dad retired in 78, him and my mama moved to Utah. Just a gorgeous place I tell you. You have catured its beauty in a nutshell. Great writing and your wife takes gorgeous pictures, just lovely. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Apr 2011 (#)

Denise, aren't we lucky to have been there. Thanks for your nice comment.

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author avatar Denise O
24th Apr 2011 (#)

Steve, I hope you and yours have a wonderful Easter.
Still, just a beautiful page my friend.:)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
24th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you, Denise O. I hope you have a happy Easter too.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
10th May 2011 (#)

Magnificent! thank you Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th May 2011 (#)

Thank you, Tanquilpen

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