Wrapping up our southern Utah adventure

David and I are now in the Stanley, Idaho Area. This spring we spent about two months exploring the area around southern Utah and Arizona/Utah border. We began our route from LasVegas, Nevada, in early April and ended our trip in early June.

I created a map of our southern Utah route, starting in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada and ending in Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah. If you’re interested in seeing the highlights of our trip, you can click on the map to open it in Umap, where you can zoom closer in. When available, each symbol icon contains the name of the place, sample pictures, and/or links to our previous posts. Noticeably missing from this map are Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. We had already visited these two parks in 2009, so I didn’t include them in our travel this time around.

Map of our southern Utah route and highlights of places we visited. Click on the map to explore in more details.

Here is a quick photo summary of our trip. Come along to see where we had been.

Not really in Utah, but Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park is so awesome that I need to include it here. If you’re coming from Las Vegas, this is a must stop.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. Beautiful sand dunes, but pretty noisy from OHVs.
Driving the Cottonwood Canyon Road in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
The magnificent Grosvenor Arch
The Cockscomb in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Glen Canyon Dam
Horseshoe Bend is very cool.
Horseshoe Bend is really big. Look at tiny people on canyon rim for comparison. We found that when we walked away from the center of the bend, the crowd thinned out and there you could find quieter moments.
A candid picture of us taken by a kind stranger
Lower Antelope Canyon
I hated the thought of taking the Lower Antelope Canyon tour. Although it was crowded as expected, the guide did a good job of not making us feel rushed.
Toadstool Hoodoos in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Some of these toadstools are big.
Finally made it to Monument Valley
And awe-inspired by its surreal beauty
Admiring the Goosenecks at Goosenecks State Park
The Mexican Hat Rock
Looking up Sipupa Bridge in Natural Bridges National Monument
Valley of the Gods, a mini Monument Valley minus the crowd
Newspaper Rock, full of petroglyphs (and some graffitis)
Taking the scenic Potash Road in Moab
The potash ponds from a nearby potash mine. Such a bizarre scene.
Driving up Long Canyon in the Moab Area
Standing under the enormous Double Arch in Arches National Park
Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park
Completed the Mighty Five with Capitol Reef National Park
Bentonite Hills, outside of Capitol Reef National Park. Like a different world.
The Hole-in-the-Rock Road is just nasty.
Hiking the Cottonwood Narrows, a hidden gem
Ended our southern Utah trip in Kodachrome Basin State Park

That’s it for our springtime in Utah. After Kodachrome Basin State Park, we stopped for a quick visit in the Great Basin National Park Area en route to Idaho.

If you missed any of our southern Utah posts, you can catch up using links below.

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Getting away from it all at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Driving the Cottonwood Canyon Road to Grosvenor Arch, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Made it to Monument Valley

Driving Johns Canyon Road near Goosenecks State Park, Utah

What else to do around Goosenecks State Park?

Capitol Reef’s Cathedral District — A little known gem of Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Gorge Hike and the more familiar side of Capitol Reef National Park

Hole-in-the-Rock Road — What an unpleasant road!

Hiking the Cottonwood Narrows — The challenge of hiking with little trail information

Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

13 thoughts on “Wrapping up our southern Utah adventure

  1. Excellent round up. I’ve been to almost all of these amazing places, and have noted the ones I haven’t been to yet. Such incredible country that photos can’t totally convey, but you did a great job.

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    1. Thanks, Ingrid. You’re correct about the difficulty of capturing the beauty of this country in photos. Our boondocking spot outside of Stanley is so pretty that I’m having hard time thinking of how to do a post to make it justice.


      1. Stanley is gorgeous. We only managed to spend a day there a couple of years ago with the promise to return another day. The lakes, mountains and landscape are breathtaking. I look forward to your photos!


  2. It sorda feels like we’ve been following right after you most of the spring and summer. We visited almost all of these places so this was a nice trip down memory lane! We’re heading to Idaho in a couple weeks. Maybe we’ll just keep following you around!

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    1. You’re welcome, Ashley. Most of these places don’t require much physical ability that you both have to climb those 14ers. Maybe visit them when your knees and feet start screaming after a short climb up and down the mountain?


  3. Your pictures are spectacular!! I think we were standing right where you were in Monument Valley. My pictures were not as cool as yours, though. Point and shoot. I can’t wait to hear about Idaho–hope you do wander north of the Stanley area so I can see and remember more. Thanks for sharing your travels.

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