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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Utah's Canyons

We left Kanab on Sunday nice an early as we had a big day planned.
Our first stop was the Coral Pink Sand Dunes just above Kanab:

They really were quite pink!
Next stop Zion National Park:

First thing we saw another Buffalo heard

The scenery was magnificent straight away, it is actually only a short drive through the park but lots to see.

Our next destination was Bryce Canyon National Park & the quickest way to get there was to turn around & go back through Zion - we didn't mind it was a beautiful drive & then through Dixie National Park:
Very red scenery

Drive through!

We climbed quite high to Bryce Point:


This little fellow just posed while dozens took photo's!

The weather started to change & the clouds came in which made for some nice photo's"

The highest point was rainbow point:

9115 ft

Checking out the view!

Natural Bridge

We left Bryce Canyon and headed of towards Torrey on Hwy 12  the scenery changed many times:

We went through a rainstorm before we got to Torrey but it went away pretty quick.

View from restaurant window

Humming Birds

We got to Torrey & found a Motel then went for dinner at the Rim Rock Inn - Great Meal Great View!

The next morning it was off to Capitol Reef National Park,

we seen a deer in the field:

Mountain Sheep on a hill

Nice to see a running river

Then we headed off on a hike up to Hickman Bridge - it was very warm too about 90 Degrees!

Hickman Bridge
Continuing on the Landscape kept changing:

Then we came across some water and were amazed to find out that it was the top end of Lake Powell! So yes it is huge!!!!!!

A bit further on we crossed the Colorado River:
Bridge across the Colorado River
Then it was on to Natural Bridges National Monument:

Owachomo Bridge

Sipapu Bridge

Kachino Bridge
Sorry about the photo's. the bridges are camouflaged with the background!

The rain was coming in again, time to head off:

Another full day of Canyons, we spent the night at Monticello & headed off early the next morning on our way to Moab - more Canyons.
We stopped at Newspaper Rock:

Native Indian Rock Drawings

Then into Canyonlands National Park - there are 2 parts to this park. We will do the other part tomorrow. This part was called the Needles & here is some of what we saw:
Wooden Shoe

as we headed into Moab we passed the Hole in the Rock:
Hole in the Rock

Hole in the Rock Cafe!

We had pre-booked Moab for 2 nights as last year we had to leave as we couldn't get any accomodation.
The next day it was part 2 of Canyonlands National Park followed by Arches National Park.

Arches National Park:

Then back to Moab - We are all "Canyoned Out" So tomorrow we head off to Colorado, but that is the next post. Bye for now.
Cheers Dave & Shell

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