Utah is the land of erosion. In many contexts, that would be a bad thing. In the case of Utah, it means unbelievably spectacular sights. This trip centers on the array of National Parks in the southern part of the state. The trip would involve flying to Las Vegas and traveling via car/van to the parks in southern Utah, a few hours away. A sample trip might be

  • 2-3 Days of backpacking in Zion National Park, a compact sand stone canyon of many colors
  • 2-3 Days Hiking/exploring in Bryce National Park, home of an incredible set of sand stone pillars
  • 2-3 Days hiking/exploring Arches and Canyonlands, home to natural arches such as the famous Delicate Arch on the Utah License plate.
  • 2-3 Days Backpacking in the Grand Canyon
Highlights for the trip might include
  • Hike to the top of Angel's Landing in Zion with 1000 drops on either side
  • Hike to the top of the Canyon in Zion, every turn brings you to a new adventure
  • Hike though the Ampithearter in Bryce, past hundreds of pillars, everyone both fascinating and different
  • Visit "Double Arch", made famous by one of the Indiana Jones movies
  • Visit Meaa Verde, home of a dozen or so Rock Dwellings which are many hundreds of years old
  • Visit the largest hole in the ground (Grand Canyon) and actually get to put your feet in the Colorado River (you can't even see it from the rim)
Links to the websites for the Parks:
Zion National Park
bryce Canyon National Park
Arches National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Grand Canyon National Park
Mesa Verde National Park Cost: Approximate cost is $1000 - $1200 and would include airfare, rental cars, food, and camping in the national parks. The majority of the cost is the airfare and rental cars and so this is a very rough estimate.
Below are some photos from Yosemite, Sequoia