I realize I haven’t posted for probably a month, but before you go on accusing me I have some very good reasons as to my recent falling off the face of the Earth. Instead of falling off the Earth, I ventured more into it. Now I didn’t actually go inside the Earth but I explored the outside of it. Anyways, back onto the subject.
I recently went camping in Utah and being a California native, I was not used to the knowledge of knowing how far away from the coast I was. It was weird. So Utah is absolutely beautiful, though quite hot. I bet it looks better in the winter with all the snow. Anyways, the first location where we camped was a place who’s name escapes me at the moment but starts with a “P,” and then Bryce Canyon. Though we also visited Capital Gorge and Zion National Park.
(@ the first campsite, yes, we were by the lake)
(view of the lake from the lodging area which we didn’t stay at)
It was a fun-filled camp experience with boating (my first time driving a boat and I admit that I did crash into another boat but that’s another story for another time), camp fires, and a ton of hiking. And I mean a TON.
(panoramic view from Capital Gorge)
There were a ton of tourists at the big parks such as Capital Gorge, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Park. But all the parks are huge so no big-gy. If you do plan on visiting these parks, I must tell you that they charge for entrance, such as $20 per vehicle and other prices if you walk in or have a motorcycle. This entrance pass is then good for up to a week from purchase. Capital Gorge however does not have one of these entrances where you must pay but instead have a information bulletin asking for a $10 entrance fee pass, but most people either ignore this or don’t see it. Us and probably two other cars were the only ones with entrance passes. Oh well.
If you plan on visiting Capital Gorge, be aware that you will be four-wheeling and bring a car that is suited for this type of terrain. We used a Honda CR-V but I would’ve prefer using a Jeep Wrangler or Rubicon in my opinion. Though to be honest I probably only saw one Jeep Wrangler in Capital Gorge and the rest of the cars were like Honda Civics or stuff like that.
The hike trails at Bryce start as short as 2 miles one way, with that trail branching off into other trails if you want to continue venturing and apparently they go up to 13 miles. Camping with two oldies (my parents), we did the 4 mile hike. With me far up ahead and them two struggling to keep walking. The hike is tiring, I’ll admit that, but because of the sharp incline that goes on and on and on and the fact that we were up at 9,000 to 10,000 ft in elevation. As I said earlier, I am a California girl, I grew up at ocean-level. And though I run daily and exercise, I was a bit short of breathe being that it takes a week acclimate and we were barely there for 4 days. The first three days didn’t include much hiking, it was the last couple days when we were at Bryce and Zion when we actually started to hike.
At Zion, we hiked along the Waterwalk. It’s a fairly flat trail along the river that ends at about 2 miles. From there you walk in the river to continue going. Some parts of the river get waist deep so if you’re thinking of doing it, wear clothes to go swimming in, because you’ll likely want to go swimming somewhere along the trial. While walking on the trail, we saw many families and groups of friends swimming and having fun in the river.
So if you’re thinking of doing a road trip or vacation in Utah, these are definitely 2 spots to stay at. The scenery is beautiful and is a great way to connect to nature (especially if you camp). So what are you waiting for and get out there and start camping!