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Category: Southwest Canyons (Page 1 of 2)

Zion National Park, Utah

We drove a couple of hours from Bryce Canyon to arrive at another beautiful National Park. We have to thank President Theodore Roosevelt for creating the US Forestry Department to preserve and protect our National Forests in the US.  Each has a natural beauty all its own.

We have spent a fair amount of time camping in Yosemite, and this place felt very familiar, yet then again very different. Donna was laughing at me because I said, ” It’s exactly the same, only completely different!”  It’s similar with a creek running through it, lots of wildlife living in the valley, tons of pine trees and foliage, wonderful hiking trails everywhere,  and huge, majestic rock formations…the main difference is here, it is all Navajo red sandstone mountains up above, with some of the most interesting patterns carved into the surface from years of wind and water erosion.

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Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

We drove five hours from the little city of Page through the Red Canyon towards Bryce.  The topography started to change once again and we started to see juniper trees. So much of this area, once again, has been the setting for some of Hollywood’s most famous movies and television shows…Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Gunsmoke, F Troop, Route 66, all used these rugged rocks as their backdrop.  We started to get a hint of what was to come.

Red Canyon rocks

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Monument Valley – Valley of the Rocks

We’ve traveled north into Utah to Navajo territory to the Colorado plateau, characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 feet above the valley floor.  The Navajos called this place the Valley of the Rocks.  This rugged beauty may be familiar to you since it has been featured by Hollywood in so many westerns clear back to the days of silent movies. This is what people think of when they think of the great American West.

Through the bus window

The director, John Ford,  filmed so many of the most famous westerns here with Hollywood greats like John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart.  Stagecoach, Easy Rider, Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, Wild Wild West, the Lone Ranger, just to name a few, all were filmed here.

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