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Happy 100th Birthday to the National Parks: Utah in Video

The “Mighty 5” National Parks of Utah have long been on my bucket list. It is one of those trips which I carry over each year because I never manage to set aside enough time. As my mom and I were discussing vacation plans for the upcoming year, we decided we had to do a national park trip in honor of the 100th year anniversary of the National Park Services (NPS) and Utah ended up being the decisive winner.  At the conclusion of the trip, I realized I only had two regrets about our pick, 1) not visiting sooner and 2) not staying longer.  We traveled with my family and between all our crazy schedules we only had 9 days of exploring to dedicate to this trip, which only means we have fine-tuned the places we want to return to for our next visit!

With 9 days in Southern Utah we visited 5 national parks, 1 Navajo tribal park, 1 state park, went white water rafting, drove over 1,600 miles and hiked close to 70 miles. While it was a busy week, there was also plenty of time for relaxing and taking in the beauty that abounds in Southern Utah. We were lucky enough to visit during the actual 100th birthday of the NPS on August 25th and it made me incredibly grateful to the early adventurers and conservationists who discovered and preserved these places for future generations.

One of my favorite quotes about the national parks was from Lyndon B. Johnson which I discovered on a plaque as we were getting ready to start the Queen’s Trail / Navajo Loop in Bryce. “If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave a glimpse of the world as it was when it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.” In world where technological improvements reign supreme, let’s hope our generation can put an equal amount of focus to preserving these national parks and historical sites for hundreds of years to come.  
A little glimpse of our trip to Utah via video below. More details to come on the national parks in the coming weeks!


This video is not being monitized. 

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  1. This is amazing!! Loved every second of it, but I think Richard stole the show with his dance moves! Looks like you guys had the best time. Can’t wait to hear & read more about it!! And sign us up for your return visit! xx

    September 1, 2016
    • I have to agree – I think that is the highlight of the video as well! We would love to have you guys return with us – you would love it there! Each park is so unique and there are so many great hikes. We can’t wait to bring you back! xx

      September 3, 2016
  2. Bernie #

    What a great family trip, with lots of memories made! You and Max make a wonderful team – planning, pics, video and blog……all done with fun and love!

    September 1, 2016
    • Thanks, Bernie! We had so much fun planning it and the best time when we were there! Can’t wait to show you more pictures!

      September 3, 2016
  3. Joan Maider #


    September 1, 2016
  4. Loved the video! Looks like you had a wonderful time and am amazed by those impressive numbers you listed, especially considering you had August temperatures to contend with (it was semi-warm in early March when I was at Arches 🙂

    And what a special experience to be at the park on the actual birthday celebration.

    Could you choose a favorite park? Or were you captivated by all of them? I’m sure they all had their unique charm and beauty.I can’t wait to return one day and see more of those beautiful red rocks.

    And were those Castle Creek winery bottles I saw in the video? 🙂

    September 1, 2016
    • Thanks, Julie! Yes, Arches and Canyonlands were HOT! Thankfully it cooled down a bit at the other parks, but still warm. We were trying to find shade at every turn.

      It was really great! We woke up early that morning in Bryce to watch the sunrise and I know they gave free admission to the parks, but I was hoping there was something a little more…oh well, it was still fun to be there!

      We were definitely captivated by them all, but it seems like the clear winner was Zion. We were able to hike the Narrows, but didn’t have time for Angel’s Landing. We were in awe of the canyons and would love to go back and spend more time there. Bryce was a close second though…

      Yes – good eyes!! We stayed at the Red Cliffs Lodge so we were right next door the Castle Creek Winery – very convenient 🙂 We packed up some wine for the rest of our trip and it was great to have! Such a cool little place!

      September 3, 2016
  5. Carol Whalen #

    Video is amazing! I can’t wait to hear all about the trip. I love it when Joanie scooted away as Richard begins to dance! Thanks for sharing! Love you guys!! 💜💜💜

    September 2, 2016
    • Thanks, AC! I know, wasn’t that funny?! I’m not even sure it was intentional 🙂 We have so many more stories and pictures – can’t wait to share with you!

      September 3, 2016
  6. Joanie #

    Amazing! Where to next??

    September 6, 2016
    • Thanks! Luckily for us we are heading to another national park this weekend – Great Smokey Mountains here we come 🙂

      September 6, 2016
  7. What a beautiful and memorable trip!

    September 8, 2016

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