Monday, October 27, 2014

Natural Bridges National Monument - near Blanding, Utah


This national monument is home to three majestic natural bridges that were carved from the rock by water.  Overlooks connected by a scenic drive give visitors an easy way to view the bridges.  For the adventurous, there are trails that lead from the top of the mesa down to the bridges.

Location: About 40 miles west of Blanding, Utah

Cost: $6 per vehicle.  Camping is $10 per night.

Operating Seasons and Hours: Open year round.  The visitor center hours vary slightly based on the season, but basically it is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Official Website: http://www.nps.gov/nabr/index.htm

Date of Visit: Tuesday, May 18, 2010

This was the second stop on the fifth day of the Southern Utah Road Trip that my husband and I went on for our anniversary in May of 2010. We left the Hite Marina area of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and continued driving southeast on Highway 95.  We drove for another 41 miles and came to the Natural Bridges Visitor Center.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area - Hite Marina

Hite is a remote location with spectacular scenery.  The blue water of Lake Powell shines in stark contrast to the red sandstone cliffs.  Highway 95 takes you to an overlook where you can view the landscape from high above.

Location: At the confluence of the Dirty Devil and Colorado Rivers.  This is where Lake Powell begins.

Cost: $15 Entrance fee is good for 7 days.  There is a $16 fee for boating, and a $6 fee for camping.  If you are like me, and just want to check it out, then you can view the area from the highway overlook for no charge.

Operating Seasons and Hours:  Open 24 hours a day all year long.  You can launch a boat at anytime when lake levels are high enough.

Official Website: http://www.nps.gov/glca/planyourvisit/hite.htm

Date of Visit: Tuesday, May 18, 2010

This was the first stop of the fifth day of the road trip that my husband and I took around Southern Utah in May of 2010.  We left Goblin Valley and drove south along Highway 24 to Hanksville.  Then we drove south along Highway 95 to the Hite Marina area of Lake Powell/Glen Canyon.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Goblin Valley State Park - Utah


The landscape of Goblin Valley State Park is devoid of plant and animal life.  Instead it is home to hundreds of oddly shaped rocks known as hoodoos or goblins.  A visit to this place is like taking a trip to another planet.

Location: Goblin Valley is located in the center of the northern part of Southern Utah, about 35 miles south of Interstate  70.  The closest civilized area of any size is Hanksville, Utah located 30 miles to the south.  I'm not sure if Hanksville can be considered civilization though. The population is barely above 200 people.  The other "close" city is Green River which is 50 miles to the east.

Cost: Day Use Fee is $8. Camping fee is $18 with an additional reservation fee of $8.

Operating Seasons and Hours: The park is open all year long from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Official Website: http://www.stateparks.utah.gov/park/goblin-valley-state-park

Date of Visit: Monday, May 17, 2010 and Tuesday, May 18, 2010

This was the fourth and final stop of the fourth day of the road trip that my husband and I took around Southern Utah back in 2010.  We left Capitol Reef National Park and drove about and hour and a half to Goblin Valley State Park.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Capitol Reef National Park - The Highway 24 Area

Description:  Highway 24 cuts though the heart of Capitol Reef National Park giving you easy access to petroglyphs, pictographs, natural bridges, pioneer era buildings, and spectacular overlooks.

Location: Near Torrey, Utah.  Which is about an hour an a half away from I-70.

Cost: $5.00 per vehicle. The pass is good for 7 days.  Camping is $10 per night.  Back country permits are free.

Operating Seasons and Hours: Open year round. Visitor center hours are 8:00 to 4:00 7 days a week.

Official Website: http://www.nps.gov/care/index.htm

Date of Visit: Monday, May 17, 2010

This was the third stop on the fourth day of the Southern Utah Road Trip that my husband and I went on for our anniversary in 2010.  We left Anasazi State Park Museum in Boulder, Utah and drove about an hour to reach Capitol Reef National Park.

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