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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 LIST every beautiful thing we can see.

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Be cautious of: TIME difference (AZ or UT), GAS , FLASH FLOOD RAINS. Utah is best in Fall or Spring -- the hikes are nicer with 75 degree weather

2 DAYS: 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

2 DAYS: Kenab, Utah:

2 DAYS: Glen Canyon & Lake Powell

  • 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

1 DAY: Monument Valley

  • Only one day needed here
  • Do Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park (17 mi loop)
  • Wildcat Trail 3.8 miles (but in direct sun - so can skip)
  • "The View" Hotel
  • Gouldings Old Movie Trading Post Museum!!!

4 DAYS IN MOAB: Arches, Canyonlands National Park & Moab

  • ARCHES --18mi scenic drive 1hr
    • Hikes:
      • delicate arch 3mi (amazing - 2hr RT - early am or evening if hot)
      • windows + double arch (easy - great)
      • devils garden trail 2hrs
      • sand dune + broken arc (easy - great)
      • courthouse wash trail (less touristy)
      • fiery furnace trail with guide only (visitor center for reservation)
  • MOAB:
    • Moab Springs Ranch HOTEL --great!
    • Downtown shops and food: Bella Thai, Gilberto’s (amazing salsas), Center 98 Vietnamese (amazing bahn mi nachos!)
    • You can rent UTV vehicles and go on off roading sunset tours (Moab Tour Co.)
    • Moab Spa massages
    • Bike trail (rent mountain bikes - drive to bike trails - do the Bar M bike trail just north of arches entrance)
    • Colorado River (kayak or bike river)
    • Corona and Bowtie arch trail 3mi (AMAZING FAV HIKE) — fun to see all the rock climbers on the drive there!!
    • Fisher Tower trail 3.9 mi/2hr (40 min from moab)
    • Negro Bill Canyon Trail --3hr/4mi
    • Matheson Wetlands bird sanctuary in moab
  • DEAD HORSE POINT STATE PARK (breathtaking view 30 mins from Moab - though this can be skipped if you are doing Canyonlands)
  • CANYONLANDS "Islands in the Sky" Section
    • Grand View trail 2 miles/45 min (just a simple hike along the rim - can skip - view stays the same throughout trail)
    • Mesa Arch trail .7 miles (easy - great)
    • Needles (1.5 hr from Moab) we did not go into Needles but I wanted to do the Chesler Park trail & Druid Arch

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

1 DAY: Capitol Reef: hotels

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

2 DAYS: 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

STOPOVER: Cedar Breaks Monument (hopefully all flowers in bloom):

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

2 DAYS: 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
apr 20 2010 ∞
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