After Zion National Park, there’s a plethora of parks to visit within a hundred mile radius. At the advice of some guy on the shuttle back from the Narrows, we decided to cut our trip in Bryce Canyon short and make the rest of the ride a proper road trip.
This meant cruising on State Route 12 through the Escalante – Grand Staircase Monument on what someone else later told us was the #2 most scenic drive in the world. It did not disappoint.
Living in Southern California puts blinders on you when it comes to urban sprawl. One city blends right into another whereas Utah is just emptiness. Looking at a map, one would think it would be safe to assume that large words would indicate a town but Escalante and Boulder were just short stretches of 30mph zones on the highway.
From Panguitch through Boulder on down the Burr Trail into Torrey, the views are magnificent. I really don’t have that much to say other than it should be something that everyone does at least once.
On the way home through Las Vegas, we decided to check out Seven Magic Mountains, which is a rock art installation in the Nevada desert just outside Las Vegas. Of course the hashtags were flying as guys and girls took turns snapping photos of the multicolored rocks against the bleak desert. I was pumped on the mix of people who showed up to check it out. As we pulled out of the parking lot, a bus load of Chinese tourists pulled up.