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My 6-day Bryce and Zion itinerary is pretty ambitious, but there are plenty of easy/moderate hikes you can do in both parks. This post includes my 3 favorite easy hikes in Zion. I’ll also be posting shorter versions of Zion’s most iconic trails soon – subscribe so you won’t miss it! Canyon Overlook Trail This trailhead is located just past the Mount Carmel Tunnel heading to the east side of the park…. Read More

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Death Valley is home to the lowest point in North America, but there is so much more to see. From amazing viewpoints overlooking Badwater Basin to a giant crater to the Mesquite Flat sand dunes, to the eerie landscape of the Racetrack, Death Valley offers a unique landscape that will leave you with new appreciation for the desert. How to get there Death Valley National Park is most easily accessed from Las… Read More

[White Sands National Park, TX, Jan 19, 2020] By the time White Sands became a national park in December 2020, we had already made our plans for Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe. But once I realized White Sands is just 90 minutes away from El Paso, TX, which we were flying in and out of, I was sure I could squeeze it into our trip. To make room, we decided to visit Carlsbad… Read More

Many of the national parks in the West offer amazing accommodations – historic hotels and lodges built at the beginning of the 20th century. Many from the list below were coming of age at this time. Train travel made America’s national parks more accessible, creating the need for accommodations within or nearby. Spending the nightat a national park lodge isn’t cheap, and the amenities one might expect at that price point are… Read More

[Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Jan 18, 2020] After spending the morning in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, we headed to Guadalupe Mountains, just 30 minutes away. These mountains were once a reef in the same inland sea that covered the Carlsbad Caverns! Today, Guadalupe is home to the four highest peaks in Texas and to a diverse collection of animal and plant life. We began our visit with a stop at Pine Springs… Read More