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Wish We Were There Wednesday: Mountains

Grand Tetons, Grand Teton National Park

Today we’re running away to the mountains! Since our goal is to visit as many national parks as we can, most of our shots are of beautiful park mountains. There are a few that are not in parks because they were too pretty to leave out.  Enjoy!

Casa Grande in the rain – Chisos Mountains, Big Bend National Park
Big Sky Country
Bryce Canyon National Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Agathla Peak, Arizona
Zion National Park
Idaho Beauty
Yellowstone National Park
Death Valley National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park

Today’s featured image at the top of the page was taken at Yellowstone National Park.

Thanks so much for joining us on our mountain getaway. We hope you will return to our site again for more sights, scenery, trips, tricks, and tips. Be sure to sign up to be an e-mail follower so you never miss a post, and follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. Tell your friends! We want to be friends with them, too.

Happy hump day, everybody!

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As always, we strive to be as accurate with our information as possible. If we made a mistake, it was unintentional. (Hey, we’re only human!) We aren’t paid for our recommendations, and we only recommend our own tried and true vendors and venues. Our suggestions are for places that we’ve heard good things about but haven’t visited personally, and our opinions are our own.

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Wish We Were There Wednesday: Pretty Pictures

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Agave blooms

We don’t pretend to be professional photographers, however we do love to aim and shoot. No fancy filters or special effects for us, but sometimes we get a lucky shot. You will see what we see through our lenses or on our cell phone screens! We decided to show you some of our favorite pretty pictures from our travels, most of which we have never posted before. Enjoy.

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Serenity
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Next to grandma’s porch, perhaps
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Where the desert meets the sky – White Sands National Park
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National Grassland, South Dakota
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Waterfall
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Thank you for visiting our site. We hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as we enjoyed sharing them with you. Please visit us again for new road trips, exciting cities, and more pretty pictures. Become a follower so you never miss a post, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. We love having you along for the ride.

Happy hump day, everybody!

Mike and Kellye

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As always, we strive to be as accurate with our information as possible. If we made a mistake, it was unintentional. (Hey, we’re only human!) We aren’t paid for our recommendations, and we only recommend our own tried and true vendors and venues. Our suggestions are for places that we’ve heard good things about but haven’t visited personally, and our opinions are our own.

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Happy Anniversary To Us!

 

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In celebration of One for the Money Two for the Road’s first anniversary, we want to share some shots from some of our favorite national park posts over the last year. We cannot tell you how much we appreciate each of you for following us on the blog site and on Facebook. You are the reason we post our adventures! Enjoy the recap…

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From our very first post: Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park
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Zion National Park
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Inspiration Point, Bryce Canyon National Park
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Bear Lake with Hallett Peak reflection, Rocky Mountain National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park – North Rim at Imperial Point
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The Three Gossips, Arches National Park
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
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Canyonlands National Park
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Death Valley National Park
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Bison grazing at Wind Cave National Park
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Badlands National Park
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Monument Valley Tribal Park (Navajo Nation)
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Gifford Barn, Capitol Reef National Park
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The Tepees, Petrified Forest National Park
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Great Sand Dunes National Park
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Lower Falls, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park
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Grand Teton National Park

Thank you for joining us over the past year. We hope that you will keep coming back for more fun adventures, tips, and tricks. Oh, and there are sixty-one “national parks” now, and we’ve only covered eighteen of them so far! We will be covering more national parks, national monuments, national historic sites, state parks, awesome camping sites, and some great cities during year two. We’re also going to give you some helpful tips on RVing and road tripping. You won’t want to miss a post, so sign up, buckle up, and let’s go. Until the next trip…

Travel safe, travel smart, and we will see you down the road (or at a national park!) 

Mike and Kellye

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As always, we strive to be as accurate with our information as possible. If we made a mistake, it was unintentional. (Hey, we’re only human!) We aren’t paid for our recommendations, and we only recommend our own tried and true vendors and venues. Our suggestions are for places that we’ve heard good things about but haven’t visited personally, and our opinions are our own.

©2019

Three Get Ready and Four Let’s Go to Bryce Canyon National Park

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  • Website: Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Cost: $35.00 per car.
  • Accommodations: RV and tent camping in the park, and Bryce Canyon Lodge.
  • Hotel and additional RV camping just outside the park entrance.
  • Park shuttle available from April through October (not mandatory as in Zion).
  • Dining available at Bryce Canyon Lodge.
  • When to go: we recommend June through mid-September.

Bryce Canyon is undeniably one of the jewels in the crown of the National Park System. The breathtaking scenery leaves most who view it speechless. All we could say when we got to Inspiration Point was, “Wow!”, and it took a few minutes before another word was uttered by either of us. Every stop in the park is incredibly impressive, so let’s go!

Getting There

From Zion National Park, take Highway 9 east to US Highway 89 north toward Panguitch, Utah. Travel tip: when traveling in or with an RV, check with Zion National Park before attempting Highway 9 east out of the park. The Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel, which lies between the east park entrance and the south park entrance, may or may not accommodate your vehicle/trailer. The park has special regulations/fees for RVs traveling this road.

Turn right (east) on to Highway 12 (Scenic Byway 12 – All American Road, and it lives up to its name for all 121 miles!) Drive time between Zion and Bryce Canyon: 1.5 hours.

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Tunnel on Highway 12 – All American Road

From Salt Lake City, take I-15 south to Cedar City: Drive time between Salt Lake City and Cedar City: 3.5 hours. At Cedar City, take Highway 14 east toward Cedar Breaks National Monument. Bonus stop: Cedar Breaks National Monument. Deep canyon featuring gorgeous red rock formations and hoodoos. The perfect prelude to Bryce Canyon. Here’s a link: Cedar Breaks National Monument. Continue on Highway 14 east to US Highway 89. Take US Highway 89 north to Highway 12 (Scenic Byway 12 – All American Road) and turn right (east) to Bryce Canyon. Drive time between Cedar City and Bryce Canyon: 1.5 hours.

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Bonus stop: Red Canyon Visitor Center. Hiking, biking, camping, and picnicking here. Another prelude to what Bryce Canyon holds in store. Great place for a rest stop or a picnic, plus some great photo ops.

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Formations at Red Canyon

Suggested accommodations in the area: Ruby’s Inn at the entrance to Bryce Canyon. Here’s a link: Ruby’s Inn. There is also camping available and a small grocery store near Ruby’s Inn. Days Inn in Panguitch. Here’s a link: Days Inn, Panguitch, Utah. Campgrounds available in Panguitch. Drive time between Panguitch and Bryce Canyon: 30 minutes.

Suggested restaurant in Panguitch: The Original Kenny Rays – 80 N Main St.

*Recommended restaurant in Panguitch: Cowboy’s Smokehouse – 95 North Main.

Destination: Bryce Canyon National Park

From Highway 12, turn right (south) on to Highway 63 to the park entrance. Stop at the visitor center for park information, then continue on Highway 63 south. The park road is 18 miles long with stops for each “canyon” and “point” in the park. Rim Trail from Sunrise Point to Sunset Point to Inspiration Point is a popular hike. Inspiration Point sits at an elevation of 8100 feet.

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View from Inspiration Point

Continuing along the road, stop at all of the pull outs (there are at least 14 of them) for different views and formations. As far as we know, there is nothing else in the world like Bryce Canyon, and you will want to see it all. Outstanding photo ops at every stop! Here are a few of ours:

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There is a wonderful picnic area and overlook at Rainbow Point, which is the last stop on the park road. Rainbow Point sits at an elevation of 9100 feet. Travel tip: dress in layers, as temperatures in the higher elevations may be much cooler than at lower elevations.

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View from Rainbow Point

Click the website link at the top of the page for details about hiking in Bryce Canyon. We liked the Mossy Cave Trail. The trailhead is on Highway 12 east of the park entrance. The trail runs along a shallow stream to a small waterfall. There is no shade on this trail, so come prepared if the weather is hot.

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Waterfall at Mossy Cave Trail

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⇒Side trip: Kodachrome Basin State Park. Take Highway 12 toward Tropic, Utah, and then Cannonville, Utah, and follow the road to the park. Drive time: between Bryce Canyon and Kodachrome Basin: 30 minutes.

  • Cost: $8.00 per vehicle
  • RV and tent camping available
  • Bunkhouses available

Drive through the park on paved and unpaved roads for views of the rock formations, or get up close and personal with the park’s features by hiking the easy trails.

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Above and below: spectacular scenery at Kodachrome Basin State Park.
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Some believe that the tower or pinnacle formations, such as the one above, are ancient thermal features, or parts of ancient springs, or geysers, perhaps. Whatever they are, they are interesting formations that probably can’t be seen anywhere else.

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View from Highway 12 near Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

When leaving Kodachrome Basin or Bryce Canyon, take Highway 12 east toward Escalante, Utah and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Travel tip: Use extreme caution on Highway 12 through Grand Staircase-Escalante. There are twists, turns, and high points on the two lane road with no guardrails in some places. The scenery is spectacular and very worth the road trip. Continue north to Highway 24 east and Capitol Reef National Park or,

Take Highway 12 west back toward Panguich and then north on Highway 89 to Highway 20 west to I-15 and back to Salt Lake City.

Bryce Canyon is one of the parks that everyone should get to experience. We hope that you enjoy your visit there as much as we enjoyed ours. Please drop us a note below and tell us about your trip to Bryce Canyon, or any other trip, for that matter. We would love to hear from you.

Travel safe, travel smart, and we will see you down the road.

Mike and Kellye

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As always, we strive to be as accurate with our information as possible. If we made a mistake, it was unintentional. (Hey, we’re only human!) We aren’t paid for our recommendations, and we only recommend our own tried and true vendors and venues. Our suggestions are for places that we’ve heard good things about but haven’t visited personally, and our opinions are our own.

©2018

Three Get Ready and Four Let’s Go to Zion National Park

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  • Website link: Zion National Park.
  • Cost: $35.00 per car.
  • Accommodation in the park: Zion Lodge.
  • Restaurant and seasonal cafe at Zion Lodge.
  • Three campgrounds in the park.
  • Shuttle. (Mandatory in Zion Canyon from spring through fall.)
  • Additional lodging/camping in many locations outside the park.
  • When to go: Anytime. We like September.

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Ahh…Zion! One of the most popular national parks, and one of our favorites. From finding peaceful solitude, to hiking, climbing, canyoneering, backpacking, or simply enjoying the beautiful scenery, Zion has something for everyone. It is also one of five national parks in Utah. So, depending on how much time you have, a visit to Zion could lead to visits to Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches National Parks. Don’t worry if you don’t catch all of them on this trip. We’re going to cover them all in future posts.

Zion National Park is approximately:

308 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah427 miles from Los Angeles, California377 miles from Phoenix, Arizona — 159 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada

The closest city with a major airport is obvious. So pack your bag, stash some cash in your pocket, and get ready for a ride ’cause we’re headin’ to Vegas, baby!

Getting There

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Leaving Las Vegas…

Almost everyone has their favorite hotel in Las Vegas, but because we love staying on The Strip — and we are always looking for a bargain, these are our favorites:

*Recommended hotels in Las Vegas: Monte Carlo, New York New York, and Luxor.

There are many other hotels on and off The Strip, as well as downtown options. RV campsites are also available in the city. Travel tip: choose a hotel that has free parking.

*Recommended splurge restaurants in Las Vegas: Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand – 3799 S Las Vegas Blvd., and The Buffet at Wynn at the Wynn Las Vegas – 3131 S Las Vegas Blvd.

*Recommended theme-type restaurants in Las Vegas: Margaritaville – 3555 S Las Vegas Blvd., and Hard Rock Cafe – 3771 S Las Vegas Blvd.

*Recommended fast food: In-N-Out Burger – 3545 S Las Vegas Blvd.

Honestly, we’ve never had a bad meal anywhere in Las Vegas. And, as far as attractions go, there are way too many to list here. If this is your first trip to Las Vegas, we recommend that you check out the hotels/casinos on The Strip (aka Las Vegas Avenue). Each one has something different to see or do, and each one is worthy of a visit. Travel tip: take a picture at the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign – 5200 S Las Vegas Blvd. There is limited parking, and you will probably have to wait in line to get your shot, but it will be worth being able to say, “Been there, done that, got the picture to prove it!”

Now, on to Zion National Park…

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The Virgin River Gorge area South of St. George, Utah

Take I-15 North toward Mesquite, Nevada and the Arizona state line. Bonus stop: Valley of Fire State Park. The park road is a Nevada Scenic Byway. See spectacular red rock formations and petroglyphs. RV and tent camping available. Drive time between Las Vegas and Valley of Fire State Park: 1 hour.

Continue on I-15 to St. George, Utah. Drive time between Las Vegas, Nevada and St. George, Utah: 2 hours. Travel tip: near the Arizona-Utah line, you will enter the Virgin River Gorge. This is a very scenic drive, but the road has some tight curves and hills. Traffic may be heavy and fast in this area. Use extreme caution.

*Recommended hotel in St. George, Utah or Springdale, Utah: Hampton Inn. St. George is the closest large city to Zion, and Springdale is at the entrance of Zion. Travel tip: the closer you are to the park, the higher the hotel rates.

Many camping options are available in St. George, Hurricane, and Springdale.

Destination: Zion National Park

From I-15, take Highway 9 east toward Springdale, Utah and Zion National Park. We highly recommend getting to the park early in the morning. Parking can be difficult during peak tourist seasons and the parking lots fill quickly. Overflow parking is available in Springdale, and the Springdale Shuttle runs to and from the park. Hop-on hop-off shuttles inside the park run the length of Zion Canyon with nine different stops. We never waited longer than ten minutes for a shuttle in the park, however, we waited in line for almost an hour to get on one of the first shuttles of the day. Did we let that bother us? Absolutely not! The park was definitely worth the wait. Travel tip: carry a backpack with everything that you’re going to need for a full day in the park, including lunch, snacks, and plenty of water. Get ready to hike.

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Here are our favorites:

Riverside Walk. From the visitor center, take the shuttle all the way up the canyon to the Temple of Sinawava shuttle stop. This is where the Riverside Walk trail begins. The paved trail, which follows the Virgin River, is easy, and it is the gateway to The Narrows. (The Narrows is a nine mile hike in the river. This is a strenuous 7-9 hour hike, but it is one of the most popular at Zion. Check with the visitor center regarding river conditions before attempting The Narrows.) After Riverside Walk, you can work your way back down the canyon by hiking other trails (check out Weeping Rock Trail) or by taking the shuttle to the next stop.

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The Grotto Trail to Zion Lodge. Super easy, one mile hike, and the scenery is so much more spectacular from a trail than from a vehicle. The shuttle stop at The Grotto is also the trailhead for Angels Landing, which is another of the most popular trails at Zion. Angels Landing Trail is long, strenuous, and not for everyone, but we hear that the views are incredible.

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Lower Emerald Pools Trail. From The Grotto Trail, take the Lower Emerald Pool Trail. This trail is easy, and just a little over a mile long, although, there are some inclines along the the way. Return to The Grotto shuttle stop via Kayenta Trail (moderate, 1.5 miles) for great views of the Virgin River and Zion Canyon.

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4. Kolob Canyons Road. Visitor Center off of I-15. This is a nice, scenic drive after a day of hiking in Zion Canyon. Great hiking here, too, and less crowded.

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Obviously, we have barely scratched Zion’s surface. There are many additional hikes, short trails, a museum, ranger led programs, and much more available in the park. Zion is a place where you can (and should) find your own level of adventure. We hope you have a fantastic trip! Leave us a comment below, and let us know what made you fall in love with Zion. We would love to hear from you. Until the next trip…

Travel safe, travel smart, and we will see you down the road.

Mike and Kellye  

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As always, we strive to be as accurate with our information as possible. If we made a mistake, it was unintentional. (Hey, we’re only human!) We aren’t paid for our recommendations, and we only recommend our own tried and true vendors and venues. Our suggestions are for places that we’ve heard good things about but haven’t visited personally, and our opinions are our own.

©2018