Sunset over Bryce Canyon.
View from Springdale, Utah, of Zion National Park.
We arrived in Las Vegas on the 13th and drove to Springdale. Stayed at the Desert Pearl Inn.
Zion National Park.
Back of the riverside rooms, Desert Pearl Inn, Springdale, Utah. There was a wedding that afternoon so all the rooms had a small bag of chocolates from the wedding party.
Our patio, Desert Pearl Inn, Springdale, Utah.
View from our room at the Desert Pearl Inn.
Our room at the Desert Pearl Inn, Springdale.
Heron along the River Walk, Zion National Park. Here we met a Welshman who asked if this bird is native to the area.
Virgin River, Zion National Park.
Slanted rock along the River Walk, Zion.
Along the River Walk, Zion.
Ground squirrel, pausing while digging along the River Walk, Zion.
Black-capped ground squirrel, River Walk, Zion.
Hungry squirrel, along the River Walk, Zion.
Ground squirrel along the River Walk, Zion.
Court of the Patriarchs, Zion National Park.
Zion National Park, east of the tunnel.
Tunnel at Zion National Park. Not wide enough for two-way traffic with campers or trailers so those have to wait for escorts. That's why there is a ranger booth here.
View in east part of Zion National Park.
Red Canyon, Utah. This canyon is located just before you reach Bryce Canyon.
Another view of Red Canyon.
Dining room at Bryce Canyon Lodge. Not the greatest but the only place to eat in the park. The second night we ate at Ruby's Inn outside the park and had the cowboy buffet. Okay if you are not expecting too much.
Hoodoos at sunset, Bryce Canyon.
Another view of Bryce Canyon at sunset.
Sunset, Bryce Canyon.
Bryce Canyon at sunrise.
Sunrise Point, Bryce Canyon.
Sunrise over Bryce Canyon.
Queen with her crown, Bryce Canyon.
Bryce Canyon Lodge, Sunset Unit.
View from our patio at Bryce Canyon Lodge.
Bryce Canyon, Rainbow Point.
Raven quoting "Nevermore will I wait here at Bryce Canyon to have my picture taken if you don't give me a peanut."
Bryce Canyon hoodoos, Paiute legend:
"Before there were any Indians, the Legend People, To-when-an-ung-wa, lived in that place. There were many of them. They were of many kinds – birds, animals, lizards and such things, but they looked like people. They were not people. They had power to make themselves look that way. For some reason the Legend People in that place were bad; they did something that was not good, perhaps a fight, perhaps some stole something….the tale is not clear at this point. Because they were bad, Coyote turned them all into rocks. You can see them in that place now all turned into rocks; some standing in rows, some sitting down, some holding onto others. You can see their faces, with paint on them just as they were before they became rocks. The name of that place is Angka-ku-wass-a-wits (red painted faces). This is the story the people tell."
Raven close-up, Bryce Canyon.
A raven and I, Bryce Canyon overlook.
Inspiration point, Bryce Canyon.
Chipmunk at Bryce.
Inspiration Point, Bryce Canyon.
Jay with cheeto, Bryce Canyon parking lot.
Natural bridge, Bryce Canyon.
Queen's Garden, Bryce Canyon.
Bryce Canyon National Park, Rainbow Point.
On the Queen's Garden Trail, Bryce Canyon.
Queen's Garden Trail, Bryce Canyon.
Along the Queen's Garden Trail, Bryce Canyon.
Queen hoodoo, Queen's Garden Trail, Bryce.
On the Queen's Garden Trail at Bryce.
Queen's Garden, Bryce Canyon--another view. Going down the trail is easy; coming back up--not so much.
Stopping to catch breath, Queens' Garden Trail, Bryce. At 9000 feet altitude, stopped often to catch breath but we made it.
View from Queen's Garden Trail, Bryce Canyon.
Bryce Canyon trail.
Sunset Point, Bryce Canyon.
Looking down the Navajo Loop Trail, Bryce Canyon.
Sunset at Bryce Canyon, at Sunset Point.
On the Navajo Loop trail. At this point the Italian tour group had gone on ahead.
Along the Navajo Loop Trail, Bryce Canyon.
Slot canyon on the Navajo Loop Trail, Bryce Canyon.
Bryce Canyon panorama.
Multi-colored rock along the Navajo Loop Trail.
View down in the canyon, Navajo Loop Trail.
Storm moving over Bryce Canyon. Thor's Hammer to the right. Yes, I was getting nervous about the look of that sky at this point.
Bryce Canyon cave
Thor's Hammer, Bryce Canyon.
Ranger Kevin explained why Bryce is not even really a canyon but it has thousands of ice holes.
Fossil, at Ranger Kevin's presentation, Bryce Canyon.
Ranger Kevin explaining that this area of Utah (Bryce Canyon) was once covered by an inland sea. He also said that the hoodoos don't walk at night but David is dubious about that. After all, the guy is just a geologist so what does he know?
Slot Canyons Inn, near Escalante.
Anasazi Room, Slot Canyons Inn.
Anasazi room, Slot Canyons Inn.
Cow at Slot Canyons Inn.
The squirrel on the hill.
Cattle at Slot Canyons Inn.
Calf at Slot Canyons Inn. The calf had gotten separated from its mother so there was a lot of mooing.
Wild turkeys, Slot Canyons Inn.
Cattle waiting to cross creek, Slot Canyons Inn.
View from the front of the inn, Slot Canyons Inn.
Scenic Byway 12, between Escalante and Boulder.
Scenic Byway 12. This is on the way to our dinner reservations in Boulder, at Hell's Backbone Grill.
Scenic Byway 12, outside Escalante.
Hell's Backbone Grill, Boulder, Utah. Best meal we had on the trip. Organic, locally produced and raised food. The owners operate the restaurant on Buddhist principles.
At Hell's Backbone Grill, Boulder, Utah.
Along Scenic Byway 12, Grand Staircase-Escalante.
Scenic Byway 12.
Pictographs, ghost horses, at North Creek.
Pictograph, North Creek.
Hare near Slot Canyons Inn.
Isaac Riddle Cabin at Slot Canyons Inn.
Aspens behind Slot Canyons Inn.
Starry sky (60 second exposure), straight up from our balcony, Slot Canyons Inn.
Pictographs, including circle of friends.
Circle of Friends pictograph
Anasazi State Park, Escalante.
Devil's Garden, Grand Staircase-Escalante.
Hoodoos at Devil's Garden, Grand Staircase-Escalante.
Hoodoos, Grand Staircase-Escalante.
Slot Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Slickrock formation, slot canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante.
Slickrock, Grand Staircase-Escalante.
Capitol Reef National Park.
The Lodge at Red River Ranch, Teasdale, Utah.
Great room, the Lodge at Red River Ranch.
Our room was the Cimarron room, the Lodge at Red River Ranch, Teasdale, Utah. The step out balcony looked out at the pasture in which buffalo roamed.
Bison at the Lodge at Red River Ranch, Teasdale, Utah.
Horses behind the Lodge at Red River Ranch.
Dinner at Cafe Diablo, Torrey, Utah. This restaurant is supposed to be one of the best in southern Utah, but overall we liked Hell's Backbone Grill better. Cafe Diablo was quite good, though.
At Cafe Diablo, Torrey, Utah.
What's a camel doing home on the range?
Ice formed from the irrigation spray, near the Lodge at Red River Ranch.
Deer at Fruita, Capitol Reef Park.
At Capitol Reef Visitors Center.
Mule deer crossing the road at Fruita, Capitol Reef. The Fruita Historic District contains orchards planted by Mormon pioneers around the end of the 19th century, and some barns, houses, and a schoolhouse. In season you can pick the fruit, but it was past the harvest season when we were there.
Mule deer, Fruita Campground, Capitol Reef. The deer have it pretty easy in the campground and orchard area of the park.
Mule deer near Fruita campground, Capitol Reef.
Petroglyphs, Capitol Gorge Trail, Capitol Reef.
At Capitol Reef. Our rental for the trip was a Toyota Highlander.
Capitol Gorge, Capitol Reef. This gorge was the original passage for early automobiles.
Lizard, near Pioneer Register, Capitol Gorge.
Pioneer Register, Capitol Reef. Basically graffiti from the 19th and early 20th century, as the pioneers were passing through the gorge.
Petroglyphs at Capitol Reef. Trapezoid-shaped figures typical of the Fremont people, 700-1300 A.D.
Capitol Reef Scenic Drive.
Capitol Reef viewpoint.
Buffalo on the ranch, the Lodge at Red River Ranch.
Buffalo in the pasture in front of the Lodge at Red River Ranch.
Red River, behind the Lodge at Red River Ranch.
What are you lookin' at?
Cedar Breaks National Monument.
Striated rock, eastern part of Zion National Park.
East of the tunnel, Zion National Park.
Virgin River Gorge, Arizona.
We stayed at the Luxor in Las Vegas the last night. Ate at a Mexican restaurant called the Border Grill at Mandelay Bay. Great food and margaritas. Unfortunately I didn't win enough money to buy back the old homestead. Or any money, for that matter. Vegas ain't what it used to be.