Discover Prompt 21: Instrument

You do have to be careful with your voice. It is an instrument. Elvis Costello This week, April 18-26, has been designated as a time to celebrate the 58 national parks in the United States through National Park Week and to remember that we can be instruments of change. As we pay tribute, even virtually, […]

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Rows of fall-colored shrubs snugged up to majestic mountains. Somewhere in Utah.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layered

Perhaps anywhere you travel out West you’ll see layers of beauty, but Utah is our latest state to visit where seeing overlapping beauty truly became the norm.  If you’ve ever crested a hill while driving a scenic highway, you know the ah-ha moment when you catch your breath and say, “Oh, my gosh!” or something […]

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Morning fog at Bryce Canyon, Sunrise Point

Seven things you must do at Bryce Canyon National Park

It probably goes without saying that most people visit Bryce Canyon because they’re trying to check off all the national parks in Utah.  Or they’ve heard of hoodoos and want to see them.  But actually, there’s more to Bryce than just another national park experience.  Here are seven things we consider must-do’s at Bryce Canyon […]

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Valley of hoodoos -- Bryce Canyon National Park

Hoodoo you love? Bryce Canyons National Park

To say that each of the national parks in Utah is unique wouldn’t be an untrue statement at all.  But we wondered, before we actually traveled there, how could rock in one park in the same state be so different from that in another park? Arches has well, its arches, of course. Canyonlands has not […]

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A lone photographer focuses on the unique structures at Bryce.

Fog can be a good thing: Bryce Canyon National Park

Sometimes getting your hopes up while traveling can only lead to a let-down.  From Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, we drove west along Utah Highway 12 hoping to arrive at The Lodge at Bryce Canyon before sundown to catch a glimpse of hoodoos at dusk. At the lodge, we didn’t unload the car or check in.  Instead, […]

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Ribbons of color at Grand Staircase-Escalante

An elemental expanse: Grand Staircase Escalante

If you’re thinking Grand Staircase-Escalante is just another Out West pass-through, pretty place, think again.  With over 1.9 million acres of vast wilderness, Grand Staircase-Escalante amazes you with its grandeur, formations, and ribbons of color unlike any you see at other national parks. Since the Escalante River area was one of the last in America to […]

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Capitol Dome at Capitol Reef National Park

Reach out and touch Capitol Reef

If you’ve visited Arches or Canyonlands national parks, then you’ve experienced some of America’s most beautiful scenery, thanks to careful planning and highway engineering.  Both of these parks lead you down paved roads to well-marked parking areas positioned in range of natural monuments you’ve always wanted to see — like Double Arch, Delicate Arch, and […]

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Highs and lows at Canyonlands National Park

Look up, look down: The highs and lows at Canyonlands

When friends knew we were embarking on a tour of Utah’s national parks, several told us, “Each park is different!”  And we remember thinking that red rocks are red rocks, so surely that’s not true.  But one mile into Canyonlands assured us it was.  Our first stop, Arches, wowed us with carved-by-the-wind openings and unimaginable vistas. […]

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