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What a beautiful face I have found in this place that is circling all round the sun. What a beautiful dream that could flash on the screen in a blink of an eye and be gone from me. Let me hold it close and keep it here with me. And one day we will die and our ashes will fly from the aeroplane over the sea. But for now we are young, let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see. ...

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Be cautious of: TIME difference (AZ or UT), GAS , FLASH FLOOD RAINS.

Aug 10-11: Zion National Park: Majestic View Lodge

  • park shuttle only
  • Riverside Walk --by river into the hanging gardens (take shuttle to Temple of Sinawava) 2 mi
  • Lower/Upper/Middle Emerald Pools Trail (from lodge, 1 hour R/T)
  • Hidden Canyon Hike (about 2 hrs RT - fun climb on narrow mountain)
  • Bike rentals from Zion Cycle $28 to $40
  • The Narrows hike - up river
  • Didn't do: the subway, angels landing

Aug 12-13: Kenab, Utah:

Aug 14-15: Glen Canyon & Lake Powell: Cowboy Motel $75

  • Big Water Visitor Center (grand escalante staircase to see Dinosaur Project)
  • Cathedral Canyon Hike (2 mi r/t 1 hour at Lee's Ferry) --also check out night sky ranger talk
  • Coral Pink Sand Dunes
  • Lower Antelope: Ken's Tours (928) 606-2168 1 hour
  • Upper Antelope Canyon Tour (lower w/no rain): tour: 866-645-9102 (
  • Lake Powell -2,000 mi shoreline
    • rainbow bridge cruise $121 928-645-2433
    • navajo tapestry cruise
    • canyon adventure cruise $42
    • antelope canyon cruise $42
  • Wave at Coyote Buttes --permit only 6 mi hike (8:50am lotto day before at ranger station)
  • Coyote Gulch/Butte --permit needed
  • Horseshoe Bend -- 3/4 mile hike out

Aug 16: Monument Valley: hotels Hampton Inn

  • Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park (17 mi loop w/ Navajo guide) : Willie with Black Water Tours
  • Four Corners where 4 state lines meet (if time permits)
  • Gouldings Old Movie Trading Post Museum!!!

Aug 17-18: Arches, Canyonlands National Park & Moab: Red Cliffs Lodge $199pn visit Movie Museum at lodge

  • Arches --18mi scenic drive 1 1/2 hr
    • arches/hikes: delicate, windows, landscape on devils garden trail, balancing rock, sand dune + broken arc
  • Moab: Negro Bill Canyon Trail --3hr/4mi and the matheson wetlands bird sanctuary in moab (didn't do corona arch trail 3mi) and fisher tower trail
  • 30 mins from Moab --Dead Horse Point State Park (breathtaking view)
  • Fiery Furnace Hike --with guide only but viewable from highway
  • Canyonlands "Islands in the Sky": grand view trail and mesa arch trail

Stop at Escalante Grand Staircase Visitor Center & Goblin Valley State Park (AMAZING!)

Aug 19: Capitol Reef: hotels

  • 25 mile scenic drive from visitor center
  • Capitol Gorge Trail --2.5mi
  • Sunset Point Trail --.5mi
  • Cassidy Arch Trail --3.5mi (slightly strenuous)

Aug 20-21: Bryce Canyon & Escalante: hotels

  • Queens Garden Trail and Navaho loop 3mi (start at sunset point to do Navajo, then to queens garden and exit out through sunrise point --walk back to sunset along rim)
  • Panorama Trail
  • see the Hoodoos at sunrise in Bruce Amphitheater on rim trail
  • Escalante Natural Bridge --2mi easy crosses river
  • Coyote Natural Bridge --11mi strenuous
  • Calf Creek Falls Trail --15mi Northeast of Escalante, 5.5mi hike
  • Canyoneering Class in Escalante $145 or Hike $125
  • The Grand Staircase at Kodachrome Basin --22mi from Bryce Canyon entrance

Aug 21: Cedar Breaks Monument (hopefully all flowers in bloom):

  • 5mi car loop (45 mins) overlooks the monument
  • Alpine Pond Trail --2mi easy

Aug 22 & 23: Las Vegas:

  • Las Vegas MGM Grand Hotel
  • Bellagio Fountains, Mirage Volcano, Treasure Island Lake, MgM Lions
  • New York, New York (roller coaster)
    • MALLS: fashion mall, premium outlet, town square, M shops, forum at caesars, pallatzo shops, Venetian mall
  • Cirque Du Soleil (Love, O, Zumanity, Ka, Mystere)
  • Neon Sign & Pinball museums
  • Arcades


  • Airbnb 5 days $900
  • Vegas 2 days $345
  • Hertz 8 days $212
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