The idea to visit each of Utah’s National Parks with my parents and Grandpa was born a few years ago now. At the time, the drive to Utah would have been treacherous with the potential of a lot of snow. In fact, one of the roads may have been closed for the season or something. The details are fuzzy. At any rate, this trip has been a long time coming and I was exceptionally thrilled to get to do this with my Grandpa, who I used to travel with as a kid. The idea that my 94-year-old Grandpa could make a trip like this with our kids was just too good to be true! We all had a delightful time together.
Little caveat to this trip – I can’t remember which day goes with which picture anymore. Yikes! So, take my journal entries with a grain of salt. The main idea is this: we had an amazing time every day. =D
Here’s a cute little shot of Ethan and his Great-Grandpa shooting the breeze at a rest stop on the way:
We started with Arches National Park. Visiting the parks in the late afternoon is definitely the way to see the most with the fewest other visitors nearby. Plus, the weather is much cooler and more enjoyable in the evening hours!
Here’s a fun comparison from the last time our family was in Arches:
The following day Mike and my Dad went for an early morning hike to see Delicate Arch. Later that morning, we were unable to get back into Arches, so we headed over to Canyonlands.
We spent two nights in Moab and then drove over to Bryce. This may have been my favorite of the four National Parks we visited.
I especially enjoyed the 3-mile hike through the canyons with my dad and the three Cleve Crew boys. Gorgeous.
Lastly, we spent time at Capitol Reef.
These pictures are from various stops/houses along the way. It was very nice to spend the evenings all together at whichever home we had rented for the night.
Pictures can never do this trip justice. It was incredible. So thankful we were able to make it happen!
*I may do another post with a few of Ethan’s pictures since he captured some fun ones and I didn’t grab them, yet.