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THE WONDER OF THE CANYONS

October 19, 2019

 

We purchased a National Park pass which is valid for one year for $80.00 and covers most of all the entry fees for National Parks, National monuments and National museums all around the USA. The purchase was the best investment we have done for this kind of activity. Most entry fees are $35.00 and up per vehicle. This pass paid itself with 2+ visits. It also allows you to use the fast lines at any entry gate. We would highly recommend this purchase.

From Grand Canyon At the bottom, through Zion National Park in the middle, to the Bryce Canyon National Park near the top of the staircase, this rock record recounts a history of 525 million years.

Bryce Canyon Poetry in Stone

Weathering and erosion shape these fantastic rock features. Hoodoos don’t grow like trees but eroded out of the cliffs where rows of narrow walls form. These thin walls of rock are called fins. Frost- wedging enlarge cracks in the ridges, creating holes or windows. As windows grow, their tops eventually collapse, leaving a column. Rain further dissolves and sculpts these limestone pillars into bulbous spires called hoodoos.-

  NPS Foundation and Kevin Doxstater

As we came from Salt Lake City Utah, we began our tour at Bryce Canyon. We started at the Red Canyon and took a scenic drive to the National Park. Some of the views you can only see with the free shuttle. The problem is we have Charley and Tessy with us, and the shuttle does not allow dogs. We drove to the lookouts the LuvShk was able to go and had a fantastic time even though the National park is a little too touristy and too limited for travellers with pets.

 

 

 

We free camped at the Dixie National Forest just outside from the National park, surrounded by canyons and an incredible starry night sky. The national forest allows you to camp at any designated site for free and most come with a fire pit.

Zion National Park

“Zion National Park is a place where history deepens one’s appreciation for the beauty of the canyon. Visitors marvel at the pioneering spirit of those who created an oasis in the arid desert. In many languages, tourists note their fascination with the engineering of the tunnel and wonder how trails to remote reaches of the park were constructed. Even when water was scarce and prospects were dim. early Mormon pioneers remained vigilant in their quest to settle at the mouth of Zion Canyon because their leader Brigham Young, told them that the time would come when ‘Hundreds of thousands will pass through your canyon and they will need you.’ The majestic wonders of Zion existed long before humans ever set foot in the canyon, yet it was only through ingenuity and foresight of the area’s early settlers that the canyon was opened to the world.”
Tiffany Taylor, Zion National Park

The 1.1-mile Zion-Mt Carmel Tunnel connects Zion Canyon to the east side of the Park. It was built in the 1920s when large vehicles were less frequent. Vehicles 11`4” tall or taller, or 7`10” wide or more, require one-lane traffic control through the tunnel. A Ranger stopped us and charged us a $15.00 fee. But we did not have to wait too long, and the drive was all worth it. As you exit the tunnel, you have this fantastic view of the canyon world. The road is quite steep and windy, so take it slow and enjoy the ride. Zion has many pullouts, and the canyon changes its spectacular views at each corner. So stop and look!

Grand Canyon- A Canyon carved by water
Celebrating 100 years as a National Park: 1919- 2019

In time and with water, everything changes.

Leonardo da Vinci

Hopi stories tell of coming into this world through a hole in the sky of the world below. That opening, the Sipapuni, is located deep within Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon Museum NPS

The Grand Canyon is the last of our Canyon adventure, and it is the Grandest. I came here 32 years ago, and it took my breath away. As I stand here today, the view left me breathless again.
The Grand Canyon Is the oldest of the three National parks, but it is the most user-friendly to explore with Charley and Tessy. We spend two days in the park. The views are spectacular, and throughout the day, the red colour of the canyon changes over and over again.

 

Throughout the 277 miles, Colorado river corridor people lived here as early as 1500BP. Puebloan People farmed, hunted and foraged. Still today there are eleven traditionally associated tribes- Yavapai- Apache, Havasupai, Hopi, Hualapai, Kaibab Paiute, Las Vegas Paiute, Moapa Paiute, Navajo, Paiute and Zuni continue to live in or use the Canyon for trade, to collect plants, minerals, and other traditional materials , and for ceremonial purposes.

 

Being surrounded by the fantastic beauty and discovering the agent cultures around this magical place has to be a bucket list item.cool