In 2011 we came to Arizona half-prepared and organized. This time we wanted to visit some of the sites we didn’t have a chance to explore.
Horseshoe Bend And Glen Canyon Dam
At Glen Canyon Dam all we wanted to do was the guided tour. It was about 30-45minutes long which included a presentation of how it was built and a tour inside the complex. It was worth to do it once. Few miles down there is Horseshoe Bend. Last year when we looked into Page, Arizona it was a picture of Horseshoe Bend that got us intrigued.
It is a maybe 1 mile trail down to the Bend and it was amazing. We brought some snack and water hung out there for a view–enjoyed the view, the sound, and it’s beauty.
Drive from Page To Zion National Park
They say sometimes it is not about the destination, but the journey. The drive was very scenic along the way. We must have gotten out of the car several time to enjoy the view. We left Page in the late afternoon in hopes to see some interesting sunset. What we saw was a sunset a a storm combined.
Zion National Park
This is a hiker’s fun park. There are so many places to go, I will not dare to list them. Some of the hike ranges from easy to extreme difficult. Due to my knee injury we only done the easier one–I love my friends for being considerate, thank you. You can literally spend all day hiking and still go for more.
Tired of Hiking?
If hiking is not your cup of tea then how about horse back riding? We did a half-day horse back riding in Zion. There is a full-day, but I would recommend half-day if it is blazing hot outside. None of us rode a horse before so this was a new experience all together. The horse are well trained and the guides are very helpful and entertaining. It is well worth every dollar.
Hike All Day + Sun Burned + Food + Beer = Silly
Exhaustion fueled with food and beer will bring out the silliness in us. Simple ramen with steak never tasted so good. We bought a local beer called Polygamy because the slogan was so funny. This was our last night in Zion so we decided to get silly with out headlight with a slow shutter speed backed up slow sync flash. We were goofy and yet very quiet and respectful to other campers.
Valley Of Fire State Park
If it is within your route or have the time, it is worth to drive in it. It is nothing compared to Bryce or Zion, but it is still worth it.
Side Note: Make sure to bring cash for the pass. There are no credit card machine for it.
Map Of Our Trip
Here are all our destinations and basic route we took starting from Phoenix ending in Las Vegas. My advice is to do it with 2-4 people. Split the cost and take turns in the drive. Also bring audio books to listen to you–you will have plenty of time on the road.
View the map on Google