Travel Notes: Nevada, Utah, and Arizona Roadtrip

June was a wonderful whirlwind of activities leading to our summer adventure road tripping across Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. We rented an RV, our house on wheels, which was partly inspired by all the tiny house living and full-time RVing that I’ve been watching on YouTube.  It was a ten-day experiment if “tiny house/ RV living” is for me.  Bottom line is that I would do it again — for the right kind of vacation which this one was.

We covered quite a bit of ground visiting Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Powell Lake, Antelope Canyon, Horse Shoe Bend, the Grand Canyon, and Hoover Dam.  A surprising treat – one that was completely unplanned – was a stay along Route 66.

The temperature hovered well over 100 degrees during our trip with the exception of Bryce Canyon where the temperature dropped to 50 degrees at night which made for comfortable sleeping.

The desert landscape was a curious one and not quite what I expected.  The mountains and rock formations were majestic and the air heavy with desert dust.  You could at times feel the grit between your teeth and spot dust devils swirling towards the sky.

When visiting during the summer, the following are a must: (wide brim) hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and lots of water.  We did a lot of hiking so I wore mostly athletic inspired wear.  My sneakers were fine but hiking shoes would have given me more traction and stability during my hikes.

I love the layers of desert colors here.

The Narrows at Zion National Park

Hiking the Narrows at Zion was hands down the most fun.

The Narrows provide a welcome escape from the summer heat.

This view at Bryce Canyon is out of this world.

Even at high elevation, hiking among the hoodoos was worth it.

We went on a boat ride along Antelope Canyon at Lake Powell.

And could not wait to see what the interior of Antelope Canyon was like.

Admiring the graceful striations of Navajo sandstone carved by flash floods.

Standing on the edge of Horse Shoe Bend is not for the faint of heart.

Taking in the vastness of the Grand Canyon.

Well, this one was fun #Historic Route 66!

Hoover Dam

 

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