“Pic of the Week”, November 22, 2013. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

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Utah is a land of surprises and one of my favorite US states.  It has some of the most unusual and colorful rock formations in the world.  Whether it’s dramatic arches, natural bridges, amazingly sheer canyons or rock monoliths, Utah has it all!  And in white, black, red, orange, brown and most every other imaginable shade.

One of my favorite destinations in Utah is Bryce Canyon National Park.  Situated in southwestern Utah the park is of surprisingly high altitude, so keep this in mind when planning your trips there (evenings are always cool, snow comes early and stays a long time, even into summer).  The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 – 9,000 feet …

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“Pic of the Week”. May 17, 2013. Canyonlands National Park. View through Mesa Arch

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Perhaps the world’s best picture is framed by the bottom of this arch. ¬†A storm was blowing through the Utah desert and enhanced our view with a nice pattern of light.

The view says it all, doesn’t it? ¬†Nothing more I can add to that.

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Arches National Park — One of America’s Finest

Skyline Arch — Arches National Park

The United States is blessed with some beautiful geography — perhaps more varied than that of any other land. Utah especially has some extremely unusual geology and is home to 5 National Parks, surpassed only by Alaska and California. There is perhaps no more beautiful area in Utah than that around small city of Moab, adjacent to which Arches National Park is located.

Arches National Park is situated in the “high desert,” around a mile above sea level, and has very hot summers, cold winters and little rainfall (though lots of wind). Arches is easily accessible and frequently visited — around 1,000,000 people come here each year. Most come in the peak summer season for …

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