Cedar City, Utah

Our next stop was in Cedar City, Utah, staying at Cedar Breaks RV Park from October 19th to 24th. We tried to get into two other Parks closer to Zion National Park but both Parks were sold out. You have to book almost six months in advance to get into those Parks. We were happy to be in Cedar Cedar because we were closer to Bryce Canyon National Park where we were going to do a hike. Here in Bryce Canyon is the largest collection of hoodoos in the world and we wanted to spend more time seeing them up close and personal. We choose to do the Fairyland Loop Trail, 7.4 miles, beginning at Fairyland Point. We saw spectacular hoodoos and beautiful scenery along the rim and into the canyon. We took the side trail to Tower Bridge before heading back up to the rim. It was a steep downhill to Tower Bridge from Sunrise Point but well worth it. We had great views of the China Wall in the distance. Tower Bridge, you can’t get that close to, but you can see it through a break in the trees. We continued on the Fairyland Loop Trail from here and had better views of Tower Bridge as we ascended up the trail. As we hiked along the wide open trail the clouds disappeared and the white sandstone against the sapphire sky was incredible. This was a great hike, where you really get to see the beautiful hoodoos up close and to experience the wonders of Bryce Canyon. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

Zion NP and Angels Landing Hike

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Top of Angels Landing

We are staying at the Zion River Resort and Campground in Virgin, about 10 miles from the entrance to Zion NP. This is a beautiful park and we are excited to be here for two weeks while we explore the Park. First, a little history about the Park, which has become one of our favorite Parks. In 1909 President Taft named the area a National Monument, and in 1918 the National Park Service changed the Park’s name to Zion. The US Congress established the monument as a National Park on November 19, 1919, Utah’s first national park. Zion National Park encompasses some of the most scenic canyon country in the US. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading