Utah

National Parks

Tabbs Trip to Zion National Park

Zion National Park is an actual oasis in the red rocks that make up most of southern Utah. Distinguished by steep red cliffs carved by the Virgin River, Zion National Park is small (compared to other National Parks we’ve visited) but it feels massive. Trailheads like Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock, Angels Landing, and The Narrows […]

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Tabbs Trip to Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon, despite its name, is not actually a canyon! Its main attraction is a collection of orange, red, and white hoodoos in its natural amphitheaters. The colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors from the rim trail or, for the more adventurous hiker, from the bottom of the amphitheater. Ruby’s Inn RV Park & […]

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Tabbs Trip to Capitol Reef National Park

Of Utah’s Five National Parks, Capitol Reef is the one most overlooked. The park was named for whitish sandstone dome formations—similar to the white domes often placed on capitol buildings.  The word reef is a geological term referring to any rocky barrier to land travel (just as ocean reefs are barriers to sea travel). Nestled in the natural sandstone landscape […]

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Tabbs Trip to Little Wild Horse Canyon

No visit to Goblin Valley State Park would be complete without a hike to nearby Little Wild Horse Canyon. Part of the San Rafael Swell (not Goblin Valley State Park), Little Wild Horse is an easily accessible, non-technical slot canyon. We camped in Hanksville, UT, and it took us about 45 minutes to get to […]

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Tabbs Trip to Goblin Valley State Park

An hour and a half from the popular Utah National Parks in Moab lies Goblin Valley State Park. Though smaller and less visited than Utah’s big 5, Goblin Valley is a surreal and magical place. Named for the thousands of sandstone hoodoo formations that are “goblin-like”, it’s a fantasy playground for children of all ages. […]

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Tabbs Trip to Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park is known for its dramatic desert landscape. The Island in the Sky district is a mesa on the north end of the park between the Colorado and Green river with many scenic overlooks. Despite our many trips to the Moab area, Chris and I had never explored Canyonlands. It was a first for […]

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Tabbs Trip to Arches National Park

If you asked Chris what park he was most excited to visit, he would have told you Arches National Park. This was (and still is) his favorite National Park. When we lived in Colorado, Chris visited Arches NP on numerous camping, hiking, climbing, and canyoneering trips. It’s unlike anything on the east coast with it’s […]

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