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Utah Roadtrip

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A June 2000 trip to Utah by lcampbell

Free Camping near Capitol Reef Photo, Utah, United States More Photos
Quote: This journal covers our short roadtrip to southcentral and southwest Utah. We visited Dixie National Forest, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Zion National Park.

Utah Roadtrip

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National Parks are always the main highlights of our road trips. But, at the same time, I am trying not to be a "National Park snob" as I know that there are equally beautiful places on Forest Service and other public lands. While this trip is mainly National Parks: Capital Reef National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Zion National Park – I also had the opportunity to experience backpacking in the Dixie National Forest at Box Death Hollow Wilderness (love the name) and camping on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management. I hope to explore these "alternative" public lands in more depth now that I appreciate what they have to offer. Quick Tips: Be sure to have sufficient water wit...Read More

Angel's Landing

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Attraction | "Zion National Park – Hike to Angels Landing"

Angel's Landing Photo, Zion National Park, Utah
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I fell in love at first sight with Zion National Park. Unfortunately, our visit to Zion was quite short and we only had time for one hike. Both the Angels Landing hike and the Narrows hike sounded great – the Angels Landing hike went up to the top of one of the walls of Zion valley and involved hiking on a narrow ridge, and the Narrows hike went through a slot canyon and involved hiking in a river with vertical walls on either side. Hmmm, tough choice. We decided to head UP for a better view of the area. Since I am definitely NOT a morning person, my husband had to drag me out of the tent at an unreal hour. We wanted to miss the crowds and the heat by catching the very first shutt...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 11, 2002

Angel's Landing
Zion National Park
Zion National Park, Utah 84767
(435) 772-3256

Free camping in southwest Utah

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Free Camping near Capitol Reef Photo, Utah, United States
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Free camping is allowed on certain Forest Service (FS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) areas. It is called "dispersed camping" and basically means that you can camp almost anywhere you want to on FS or BLM lands. In these areas, you will have to provide everything for yourself…. water, firewood, stove, etc. The bathroom is in the woods or behind a rock. ALWAYS follow Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics and pack everything out that you bring in. I usually find these "free areas" by driving down various FS or BLM roads and looking for spots where you can tell people have camped before (no vegetation where they park and usually a rock fire ring –sometimes they even leave firewood!...Read More

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Dixie National Forest

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Attraction | "Backpacking in Box Death Hollow"

Dixie National Forest Photo, Panguitch, Utah
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After camping on a Bureau of Land Management area just east of Capitol Reef, we decided to head farther west and possibly do some backpacking. Soon after we started driving, we found a tiny organic veggie/coffee place along the road. We stopped in for java and spoke to the eccentric owner for a while. We talked a bit about the damage done by Off Road Vehicles near the place we camped. He knew about the problem, and was actively involved in a conservation group to try to stop ORV use and protect the desert vegetation. He seemed like a good person to ask about backpacking. We had been concerned about backpacking in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument because it was June and well past the p...Read More

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Dixie National Forest
Highway 12
Panguitch and Hatch, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park

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Bryce Canyon National Park Photo, Bryce Canyon, Utah
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There is only one word to describe Bryce Canyon National Park – HOODOOS! The park is filled with not only canyons and mesas, but an astounding collection of fins, spires, and pinnacles known as hoodoos. The hoodoos are red, orange, pink, salmon, white, and yellow – a rainbow of color that is made more intense by the startling blue of the sky. When first seeing the colors, I thought that they couldn’t be real. They must be fake, someone used dye on all the rock. But these natural wonders of erosion are real, and waiting to be seen. Just head on over to Highway 12, pay the much-needed Entrance fee to support the maintenance of the park, and head into hoodooland. Prepare to be amazed. ...Read More

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Bryce Canyon National Park
Southwestern Utah
Bryce, UT 84717
(435) 834-5322

Zion National Park

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I had wanted to go to Zion National Park for a long time, so I watched in anticipation as we entered the park on Highway 9 from the east. Highway 9 winds down switchbacks to the start of Zion Canyon, passing through a mile long narrow tunnel. The tunnel is narrow enough that there is an escort vehicle to guide over sized vehicles and campers through it (I think they charge a fee for this). The whole area is beautiful and interesting. The valley bottoms are green with trees, grasses, and rivers – while the 2000-3000 foot canyon walls and tops are a desert ecosystem. Personal vehicles are only allowed on Highway 9 in the park. From the Visitor Center on Highway 9 near the town of Spri...Read More

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Zion National Park
Zion Boulevard
Zion National Park, Utah 84767
(435) 772-3256