Natural Wonders

Natural Wonders

During the month of April, we made a grand loop tour of the many natural wonders in Utah, Arizona, and Colorado. While we saw a great deal of red rock variations, each place we visited had its own distinct features. As we traveled, we discussed what parks were top three worthy. Without a doubt, our top three picks in order of worthiness are:

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Surprising Capitol Reef National Park

Surprising Capitol Reef National Park

We left Moab on April 25 for Torrey, Utah. Last year while traveling through Salt Lake City, Keith and Kami, our Airbnb hosts, mentioned we should visit Capitol Reef National Park and that it’s their favorite. We hadn’t heard of Capitol Reef and since then have found we aren’t the only ones.

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Adventureland in Moab, Utah

Adventureland in Moab, Utah

Moab is a busy place! It seems to be the crossroads for adventure with Arches National Park just 5-miles from Moab and Canyonlands National Park about 40 miles, then there’s rafting, paddle boarding, hot air ballooning, jet boating the Green or Colorado Rivers, horseback rides, scenic flights, zip lines, climbing and canyoneering, mountain biking and off-road 4-wheel drive trails.

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Yee-haw! Monument Valley, Utah

Yee-haw! Monument Valley, Utah

On April 13 we left Page, Arizona and drove 2 hours to Monument Valley (elevation 4,838 ft.). We felt like we had been dropped into an old western movie set! We stayed at Goulding’s Lodge just outside the park and enjoyed the views of the valley from our deck. We woke up an hour before sunrise each of the mornings we were there to see the silhouettes of the monuments as the dark sky turned light then finally the sun began its climb for the day. Yippee-ki-yay!

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park

On April 4 we left Bryce Canyon, UT for Orderville, UT (elevation 5,449 feet) just 1.5 hours down the road. We stayed at the XBarH Lodge for 4 nights. XBarH has a community kitchen, living rooms, and TV/game room. The owners live behind the guest lodge and our building had 4 bedrooms with private baths – just to note, XBarH also has a standalone cabin. Our hosts Michele and JC know just how to make people comfortable on their 75-acre spread, and might I say this place was beautiful.

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