My 15-month and I stopped by the chiropractor today and I was wearing an “Utah Rocks” t-shirt. He took a look at the shirt and asked me which of the 5 were my favorite. So, I preceded to let him know my Top 5 in order: 1. Bryce Canyon National Park, 2. Arches National Park, 3. Capital Reef National Park, 4. Zion National Park and finally 5. Canyonlands National Park. This may surprise you as Zion National Park is typically rated higher. I have nothing against Zion National Park, I just think that the other 3 were so spectacular to me that as famous as Zion National Park is that the other 3 were just more amazing to me.
My favorite: Bryce Canyon National Park. This National Park was so amazing that if we had a boy instead of girls, we strongly considered naming him Bryce. This place has got it all, the perfect amount of hiking with a variety of rock formations. The Hoodoos were so unusual and the overlooks were breathtaking. To cap it off, we enjoyed a coffee at a coffee shop that was literally on the way to the next National Park.
The phenomenal thing about Arches National Park was how the arches were made. We went to Arches on the last day of our trip and after convincing Audrey to hike to the main arch, I can tell you I am glad I was able to convince her. It is much bigger than it appears and as you walk near it you get to witness how large of an arch it is.
Capital Reef National Park was surprisingly good, but you have to do your homework. I read up on all of the trails and thought that the variety at Capital Reef was outstanding. So, were the different shade of color all of the rocks had. Finally, we went on a sunset hike that didn’t disappoint.
Zion National Park was great, especially Angel’s Landing. It was scary to hear how some people had died on that hike. Secretly, it did make it a little more of a feat knowing that both my wife and I made it through alive. The views at the top were remarkable. Even though Angel’s Landing didn’t disappoint, I wasn’t terribly impressed by the rest of the National Park.
I got some of my best pictures during the vacation at Canyonlands National Park. However, was disappointed by all of the driving. Also, I like to be hiking within all of the rock formations and to see the amazing rock formations at Canyonlands National Park you have to be walking above them.
All in all, this vacation is still my favorite. My shirt says: “Carving, sliding, layering, depositing, faulting, eroding, freezing, flowing, lifting, petrifying, folding and collapsing. The Geologic Story of Utah.” I highly recommend going to all 5 National Parks. Don’t believe me when I tell you how much I like it, just go to my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fostertravels/ or my website: http://www.fostertravels.com/ to see for yourself.