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RECAP: Leg 1 of Our Year-Long Adventure

Well, we made it through the first of our trip’s six legs. It doesn’t actually seem that impressive when I think about only being a fraction finished with our trip. But it definitely feels impressive. Up until we left for our trip on August 18th, our minds were completely wrapped around this first chunk of… Read more »

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BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON: The Hardest 5 Miles of my Life

In 1901 there was an expedition to survey the unknown, unexplored 48-mile length of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. A 5-man crew set out in 2 wooden boats. On the first day one of the boats was smashed to pieces on the raging rapids that created by the Gunnison River dropping an incredible average… Read more »

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VIDEO: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Like a few other parks in the National Park Service system, I had never heard of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park until diving into a little initial research. We bet a few of you have never heard of it either, so we hope you enjoy seeing a few of the sights from around… Read more »

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Choose Your Own Adventure at Arches National Park

We learned quickly that Arches National Park isn’t too wild. Sure, the retirees who file out of giant tour buses at each overlook may have been party animals in their day, but still… The vibe of Arches is quite touristy. Pull-outs and overlooks are everywhere, 3-mile trails are deemed “strenuous,” and the entrance gate lines… Read more »

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VIDEO: Arches National Park

Arches National Park is famous for having the largest concentration of natural rock arches of anywhere in the world with over 2,300. On the surface it is a pretty straightforward and comparatively small National Park. As Elizabeth will describe in her post on Friday, we were able to cover almost all of the advertised points of… Read more »

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Looking at the first leg of our trip, Canyonlands is one of the parks I would’ve said I had a pretty good handle on through my fair amount of research. Mainly I learned there are 3 distinct districts, the districts are divided by the converging Green and Colorado Rivers, it’s next door neighbors with Arches… Read more »

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VIDEO: Canyonlands National Park

A lot of our pre-trip dreaming and scheming, especially this Utah-rich first leg, revolved around the sights and experiences of Canyonlands National Park. We thought we knew a bit of what to expect, but our trip wasn’t exactly like we had planned. Read all about the unexpected Canyonlands in Monday’s post. For now, enjoy the views… Read more »

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How to Visit Capitol Reef National Park for (Almost) Free

All National Parks, by typical vacation standards, are cheap. But lately, we’ve been trying to find creative ways to enjoy the parks for even cheaper. When we researched and planned out our visit to Capitol Reef (one of the “Mighty Five” in southern Utah) we knew almost nothing about this place. It isn’t nearly as… Read more »

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VIDEO: Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park is like all the other Utah parks smoothed into one: towering slot canyons like Zion, mind-bending rock formations like Bryce, spans of Natural arches and bridges like Arches and expansive overlooks like Canyonlands. Throw in the Historic Fruita district at the center of the park where you can tour an old… Read more »