Zion National Park Zion is simply an amazing array of mountains, cliffs, scenic hiking trails, and fantastic views. The scenery along the North Fork of the Virgin River is great, but to truly appreciate Zion you must travel to the high (elevation) ends of the park. To quickly reach varied wilderness landscape and to escape the crowds of the well known park areas, ask for directions to Kolob Reservoir Road. It may also be referenced as Kolob Terrace Road. I highly recommend (at minimum) an afternoon drive up the road and a return trip as the sun sets. If you have more time, off road trails offer hikes along narrow canyons, and fantastic overlooks of the parks cliffs and valleys.
Bryce Canyon National Park A place like no other in the world. It has been described as if one were on another planet. Viewing the rock formations from the rim (8,000-9,000ft) is wonderful, but to truly appreciate the beauty of Bryce, you should hike the trails that lead you through the maze of hoodos.
Capitol Reef National Park Capitol Reef is in the heart of south eastern Utah’s red rock country. It is filled with canyons, cliffs, domes, and natural bridges. There are fantastic Fremont Indian petroglyphs on the walls of some cliffs and an abundance of wild life wandering the valley.A hike up Navajo Knobs Trail (about 9miles round trip) is a great way to get a feel for the geography, and rewards you with overviews of natural bridges, mountains, cliffs, and valleys.
Canyonlands National Park Canyonlands is a countless series of canyons, buttes, and mesas along the Colorado River and it’s tributaries. There are four park districts (each worth visiting): the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the rivers. One could spend a month there and not fully explore the vast park’s features. A fantastic overview point is Dead Horse Point, which is a Utah State Park. It is a short drive from Canyonlands and the city of Moab.
Grand Canyon National Park There is not much more that can be said or written about this wonder. The opportunities for adventurists are limitless. From the South Rim, a hike down (an back up) Bright Angel Trail is a amazing opportunity to appreciate the size and depth of the canyon. Any chance to visit the North Rim will present an opportunity to view the canyon from its highest rim.
Arches National Park The Scenic Drive truly lives up to its name, and there are many short hiking opportunities within the park. Most view this park from the automobile, but if the opportunity is present…hike a trail. The Windows Loop trail, the Devils Garden trail are highly recommended.
Pea Island, Outer Banks Pea Island is a secluded (from development) stretch of the Outer Banks, North Carolina. It has high sand dunes and beaches on the east side, and a wildlife refuge on the west – from which one can watch the sunrise and sunset over water within the same day. This web site was created to display galleries of my most recent photographs.
Our Blog Pages will provide additional information about other areas to explore, I hope this will inspire you to travel our great National Parks, Recreation Areas, Seashores, and landscapes not far from where you live.