Utah-Jan 2017

The drive from Page AZ to Kanab UT was gorgeous.  The national monuments of  Grand Staircase Escalante and Vermillion Cliffs are stunning, we can see why we have heard time and time again that N. Arizona and S. Utah are a photographers dream come true. In Kanab we very luckily got a permit to visit Coyote Buttes North, an incredible sandstone formation which words cannot aptly describe so I will let our photos speak for themselves.
We spent the rest of January in Utah’s national parks.  We visited Grand Canyon NP back in 2002, on the same trip we also visited Zion and Capital Reef, looking back now, we both think that we did not fully appreciate the beauty of these two parks fifteen years ago. This time, being in the truck we had time to do some more exploring. We particularly liked the hike up Angels Landing in Zion and the drive into Capital Gorge in Capital Reef.
The weather was not great so we did not stop in Bryce NP but continued on to Arches NP.   The scenery was amazing, everywhere you look there are wonderful rock formations.  I was concerned that I would be hitting my “pretty rock saturation point” but it did not happen. Each park had its own unique landscape, with each new vista I was captivated. And then there was Canyonlands NP, we did not know what to expect with this park and WOW! I said previously that no other canyon that we have visited can compare to the Grand Canyon but Canyonlands comes really close. The Island in the Sky section of the park is more visited than the more remote Needles section but we can see why, although Needles is beautiful we preferred the landscape and views in Island in the Sky. And it is well worth getting out of bed early to catch sunrise at Mesa Arch.  Click here to view our January Flickr album.

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