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Jul 8, 2019 - Dark Ranger

Tropic, UT Kodachrome Basin State Park, with its red tinged rock formations and incredible blue skies, was named by the National Geographic Society, and everyone agreed with it. The geologic interest of the park are sandstone spires and columns called sand pipes, believed to be found nowhere else on earth. Sixty-seven sand pipes ranging from 7 to 170' have been identified in the park. Pipes are different than hoodoos as pipes were once liquified sand. Hoodoos form from rock deposited horizontally, uplifted and then eroded. A Dark Ranger...

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Jul 7, 2019 - Bryce Canyon - Part II

Tropic, UT Bryce Canyon has lots of lookout points and a number of trails, too. Some of those trails are more challenging than others. We were warned to be mindful at all times of the loose rocks which could roll on the trail beneath our feet, and rocks that may fall from cliffs above us. A major rock slide occurred in 2006, and subsequent ones in 2010 and 2011. Naturally, the trail we chose has more rocks fall on it than any other trail in the park. The Navajo Loop Trail takes one down the rim from Sunset Point, through the narrow...

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Jul 6, 2019 - Bryce Canyon, Part I

Tropic, UT Sitting at a relatively high elevation of 8,000 to 9,000’, Bryce Canyon National Park includes the largest area of hoodoo formations (spire-shaped rock formations) in the world. These crimson-colored hoodoos are a draw for over 2 million visitors a year. July sees almost 500,000 and we, of course, are here in July. July is also the hottest month. Since we are at a high elevation and it is mid-summer, we have seen some incredibly sun burned tourists who will be in a lot of pain tonight. The park has a number of overlooks and some...

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Jul 5, 2019 - Horseshoe Bend and beyond

Tropic, UT Our last trek in Page was a visit to the famous Horseshoe Bend, a horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River. The overlook is 4,200’ above sea level, and the Colorado River is 3,200’ above sea level, making it a breathtaking 1,000’ drop. There are hundreds of images of Horseshoe Bend Canyon, as it is the most popular bend of the Colorado River. However, no picture can do justice to how amazing it is. And it had better be amazing because of the effort that it takes to get there! Totally exposed to the hot sun in the...

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Jun 23, 2018 - Tropic, Utah

Escalante to Tropic Day 28—Saturday June 23, 2018 We moved 38 miles from Escalante to Tropic; leaving at 10:55, we arrived at 11:50. We stayed at Bryce Pioneer Village. We selected Tropic as a stopping point because it is located midway between Bryce Canyon National Park and Kodachrome Basin State Park.

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Jul 10, 2016 - Mossy Cave

Mossy Cave is a popular hike/walk around Red Canyon. For me it was a hike and one of the locals made the comment that it was a nice little walk. It actually was very little elevation and went over two little bridges crossing a creek. We have not seen much water as it is very dry right now. This particular creek leads back to a nice little pool with a waterfall. The trick is that this is man made. It runs down from Tropic Reservoir which is a lake-like reservoir for the area. Nevertheless, it was a nice hike next to the creek with some...

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May 15, 2016 - Capitol Reef National Park, Kodachrome State Park, and Bryce Valley KOA

The camper was rocking last night, but really, it was not us. It was the wind. It was blowing hard all evening. We left Hanksville early this morning and headed towards Capitol Reef National Park. The first 13 miles were beautiful, with rock formations of different colors. Then we passed a sign saying scenic views, the next 14 miles. That speaks to how beautiful this country is. We drove an hour or so to the park. The scenic drive there is about 20 miles round trip. It was very pretty but we both felt the scenery before the park was...

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May 22, 2013 - Panorama Trail

Took a 6 mile hike back in at Kodachrome Basin State Park on the Panorama Trail today. Got to see lots of monoliths, chimneys & points of interests. Len stayed back at camp to get us ready to leave in the morning. Joyce, Bill & Sharon joined me for the full day of hiking. We have a great time and sure enjoyed the scenery on this last day in this beautiful area. We are seriously considering coming back in the fall before heading home.

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May 21, 2013 - Boulder, UT via Hwy 12

We've been hearing from numerous people that we must take the drive up Hwy 12 from Cannonville to Boulder Mountain. Today we did that and we weren't disappointed. Moab is one of our favorite places, but what we have found is that this area is the equal of and in some places even better. As is often the case, as good as the pictures are, they just can't convey the contrast and vivid colors of the area that we saw today. We enjoyed lunch at the Burr Trail Grill in Boulder. It came highly recommend and we weren't disappointed. The home made...

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May 20, 2013 - Angel's Palace Trail

Within easy walking distance of our camp site is Angel's Palace Trail which rises 150 feet in elevation and spreads over a mile and a half. The view from on top provides a spectacular panoramic view looking down on the surrounding area. We did the hike twice, once in the morning light and then near sunset. Totally different look with the lighting ever changing the colors of the rocks. It is a small world. While hiking up high, I met followers of our blog. Just want to give a shout out to Richard & Leah. It was a pleasure meeting you both....

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May 19, 2013 - Cottonwood Canyon Road

The second part of our day we spent enjoying the views on Cottonwood Canyon Road, which intersected with Rt 89, 40 miles east of Kanab. We enjoyed a quick lunch in Kanab taking Johnson Canyon Rd back to camp. Johnson Canyon wasn't as pretty as C.C.R. but it was a quicker way home. What a great day of exploring the back roads!

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May 19, 2013 - Grosvenor Arch

The colors and contrast of this area prompted the National Geographic Society in 1949, with consent from Kodak Film Corp., to name the park Kodachrome. There are nearly 70 monolithic spires, ranging from six to 170 feet in height throughout the park. So many colors, textures and shapes in every direction. The first part of our day took us 11 miles from the park to the Grosvenor Arch, which is a double arch and one of the states most impressive. After enjoying the short walk to the arch, we continued down Cottonwood Canyon road. Post to...

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