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Thursday, June 27, 2013

NY Post Tours Utah National Parks

The New York Post his this article with this title:

Three national parks make for one big adventure

Writer Jennifer Ceaser describes her recent trip to Zion, Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef. She gives a pretty good synopsis of what travelers can expect at these national parks, along with some tips and suggestions to help others have great trips.

Nice photos illustrate the article.

Here are some excerpts:

Once you’ve hiked several miles into a canyon, scrambled across slick rock faces and squeezed through crevices to reach a precipitous ledge where you’ll drop 150 feet by a rope, there’s no turning back. Well, there is, but if you’ve gone this far on your canyoneering expedition, it’d be a long, shameful trek.
Of course, there’s no need to go to such extremes to navigate Zion, which attracts nearly 3 million visitors each year (making it the most visited of Utah’s five national parks).
But there’s no substitute for hiking down into Bryce’s maze of slot canyons, arches and funky sandstone formations. Take the Navajo Loop (the most popular route), then tack on the easy Queen’s Garden Trail to get even better views of those wacky hoodoos (the combined route is about 3 miles).
Now you probably don’t know it, but you’re just a few hours’ drive from another of Utah’s national parks, Capitol Reef. That’s not surprising, given that only 750,000 people annually make the trip along scenic Highway 12 to this 242,000-acre park (it’s nearly seven times larger than Bryce, which gets 1.4 million visitors).
Read the entire article.

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