Category Archives: National Parks

Fort Laramie National Historic Site

I arrived  at Fort Laramie around 1:30 on a warm, sunny afternoon. I stopped to see the old Army Bridge over the Platte River, built in 1875. At that time, the river was much wider and so the bridge is … Continue reading

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Arches National Park

After visiting National Parks on four of the previous five days, we had it down to a science—sort of. We grabbed a raspberry scone at a Moab bakery and were at the park entrance just after dawn. Too early, as … Continue reading

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Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park is divided into three segments by the Colorado and Green Rivers, and there are no bridges or other means to get from one segment to another without driving a great distance outside the park. We opted to … Continue reading

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Zion National Park — Day Two

We grabbed a quick breakfast in the hotel and drove back to the park. This day was sunny from the start, with temperatures near 60°, and these facts were reflected in the crowds. Right from the start, everything was busier. … Continue reading

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Zion National Park — Day One

We woke up Monday to rain. It continued all through our waffle breakfast and our 45-minute drive to Zion National Park. As we passed through Springdale, we saw a sign that read, “Zion NP lots filled. Park in town.” This … Continue reading

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Cedar Breaks National Monument

There was nothing quick about our drive across Utah. Our general direction was southwest, but we spent a lot of time going in every other direction except, perhaps, straight east. Almost every stretch of it was stunning, and we didn’t … Continue reading

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Capitol Reef National Park

At some point on Saturday evening, Sally asked me if we were just driving again on Sunday. That had actually been my plan. We had reservations at a hotel in St. George, Utah, and I figured we’d head that way … Continue reading

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Great Sand Dunes National Park

Almost everywhere we went in the San Luis Valley, we could see the huge sand dunes piled up against the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. From a distance, they were dwarfed by the mountains. They got impressively larger as we drove … Continue reading

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