Through Utah’s Arches and Canyons on an RV Expedition

You haven’t seen true natural beauty until you’ve seen the arches and canyons of the American Southwest!  Years of erosion from wind and water have shaped the terrain of Utah into soft, flowing valleys and towering spires of rock.  Utah’s arches and canyons should be on your “must visit” vacation list, and you’ll need several days to take in every amazing sight.  In order to do this vacation right, pick up an El Monte RV in Salt Lake City or get an RV rental from a location closer to your home from one of the other numerous El Monte RV rental locations found throughout the U.S. and then get ready for the expedition of a lifetime!

Amazing Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Utah

Amazing Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Utah

Your first destination should be Dead Horse Point State Park.  Despite its name, the park is anything but dead!  The most famous feature of the park is the view from the top of a 2,000 foot prominence above a “gooseneck curve” in the Colorado River.  Over the millennia, the river has carved its way deep into the rock of the park, leaving layer after layer of fantastic, multi-colored rock.  The sight of the river’s slow and steady meandering journey through the landscape will take your breath away.

A short drive away you’ll find Arches National Park.  The name may be simple, but there’s a reason this is a world-famous destination for lovers of the great outdoors.  You have to see the natural arches to believe them.  The graceful arcs of stone look like they shouldn’t be able to stand on their own.  The longest, Landscape Arch, is an incredible 306 feet long!  After you’ve finished snapping pictures, take some time to sit back and simply enjoy the view!

If you’re ready to find an even more hands-on approach towards examining the arches, check out the Moab Adventure Center to sign up for some rock climbing and canyoneering.  At the Adventure Center, expert guides will help you suit up and scramble over hundreds of feet of red rock.  You can even rappel down into chasms or off a giant arch!

After getting up close and personal, the next best way to see the parks is from up high.  The best way to do that is by way of a hot air balloon!  Canyonlands Ballooning will take your group up, up and away over Moab, Utah, and all of the incredible surrounding countryside.  The expansive view of the landscape can’t really be comprehended until you take it all in slowly from the sky.

Incredible Capture of the Double Arches and MIlky Way, Arches National Park, Utah

Incredible Capture of the Double Arches and MIlky Way, Arches National Park, Utah

Another view you can’t get anywhere else isn’t just from the sky – it’s of the sky itself.  Far from bright city lights, take your RV out at night to meet up with Redrock Astronomy.  After arriving at a designated “dark sky site,” Redrock Astronomy will regale you with tales of how early Native Americans understood the universe and their relation to the stars.  You’ll get to examine those stars through a high-powered telescope and see them with a level of clarity that’s impossible to attain near towns and cities.

The arches and canyons of Utah are like a whole different world.  Pick up an El Monte RV motor home today and you can head out on an expedition you’ll remember for your entire life!   Remember to plan ahead and reserve your camp site inside the Arches National Park HERE!   For information on locating other RV campground locations CLICK HERE.

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Picture Credits: Panoramic Arches National Park by Bruno Monginoux and Double Arches under Milky Way by John Fowler, both licensed under Flickr Creative Commons

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Exploring Bryce Canyon on an RV Vacation in Utah

Picture of Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

The Amphitheater at Bryce Canyon National Park

The incredible power of erosion is clearly visible in Bryce Canyon National Park, with amazing shapes, canyons and spires dominating the landscape. You can hike the canyon trails, walk along the rim and take time to see the wildlife, such as the endangered Utah Prairie Dog and the California condor. This is a trip made perfect in an RV, where you have all the comforts of home with you.

Bryce Canyon has a couple of campgrounds which accommodate RVs. These are the North Campground with 55 RV sites and the Sunset Campground, with 50 sites. Maximum length is 30 feet for your vehicle, and there are no hookups. Once settled, you can enjoy the night and then take off the next day to explore the park.

You won’t find better hiking than in Bryce Amphitheater. There are a number of trails that range from easy to strenuous. An easy hike is on Mossy Cave Trail where you will get a lovely walk by a stream and see a small waterfall. This hike is .8 miles roundtrip. You can also try the 11-mile rim trail, which is paved and mostly level.

If you are up to it, you can embark on a strenuous hike, up steep grades, and share the path with horse and mule riders. One such trail is the Peek-A-Boo Loop, 5.5 miles and with spectacular views. Bryce Canyon National Park is also great for those who love to trek in the backcountry. It’s the perfect way to really explore all this park has to offer.

Take your RV on a scenic drive to take in the vistas and incredible shapes of red rock wonders. Driving to Rainbow Point is an 18-mile trip one-way with many viewpoints to visit on your way back. Get a bird’s-eye view of the stone sculptures below that were carved by wind and water through the centuries.

If you hike the Bristlecone Loop Trail from Rainbow Point, you will see one of the oldest living things in the canyon – a 1,800-year-old bristlecone pine. As you head back north, stop at the Ponderosa Canyon Overlook. Here you will see multicolored hoodoos, those tall spires of rock that seem to grow right out of the earth. From Farview Point, if the day is clear, you will be able to see the Kaibab Plateau on Grand Canyon’s north rim.

When heading back to the main road, stop at Inspiration Point. You can’t miss this view of a collection of hoodoos that appear to be a sleeping city. When you come to Sunset Point you will have to stop and take some photos of Thor’s Hammer and the panoramic view of the Bryce Amphitheater.

Bryce Canyon also offers some exciting and educational events through the year, like the Annual Astronomy Festival in May and the Annual Utah Prairie Dog Day in June. No matter the time of year you come, you will find one of America’s most fascinating National Parks, and an RV trip with which there is no compare.

Picture credits: The picture of the Amphitheater at Bryce Canyon National Park is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

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RV Camping, Golf & Breathtaking Beauty

Cherokee Springs Golf and RV Resort
As you may imagine, we have a lot of communications with various RV campgrounds. One who we have been speaking to recently, Cherokee Springs Golf and RV Resort, was kind enough to share some of the great things that can be done from their RV campground.

Cherokee Springs Golf and RV Resort is off Scenic Highway 89 between Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon in southern Utah’s “color country”. Cherokee Springs is literally a wonderful place to come up to – at an elevation 7200 feet the golf course at Cherokee Springs is one of the highest west of the Rockies.

Cherokee Springs Golf and RV Resort is located in what is known as Utah’s “color country”, a name derived from the similar scenic features and vivid and varied scenery that can only be described as breathtaking. Some of the wonderful natural resources that can be visited from the park include:

Other activities nearby include scenic drives, horseback riding, ATVing and mountain biking. You can actually bike or ride trails that lead from the resort all the way to Bryce Canyon via the back country. The fishing at Panguitch Lake or in the Sevier River is great and there are lots of hiking trails around.

Of course you should not forget that at the Cherokee Springs Golf and RV Resort you can enjoy the 9 hole, par 36 golf course offering a challenging layout and scenic views. You may also bring your horse as they have a 9 stall barn, riding arena and pasture area.

So if your travels take you to southern Utah’s color country, check in on our friends at the Cherokee Springs Golf and RV Resort. You can get more information on their website www.cherokeespringsresort.com or you can call them at 435-619-0391.

And remember, if your RV travels take you to the State of Utah, El Monte RV can accomodate you from our Salt Lake City RV Rental location.

Other campgrounds, please share with us the cool things that can be done in and around your campground. Contact Val at vluongo@elmonterv.com to share your stories.

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