Friends of ours are traveling this winter & have had the enormous pleasure of visiting 2 of our favorite areas! While looking for a couple of pics of each area to share with our friends we have in common, I faced a huge challenge! It is impossible to select only a FEW images!!!! So I felt I should share with everyone on the blog. I am basically going to let the photos speak for themselves, words cannot do the justice!
First up….VALLEY OF FIRE!
The oldest state park in Nevada, designated in 1935 and designated a National Natural Landmark in 1968. It is located in the Mojave Desert, approximately 58 miles NE of Las Vegas. The 150 million year old sandstone formations can appear to be on fire with the setting sun! A easy day trip from Vegas or there is a campground in the park.
Just the formations and sights around the campground are worth the trip….
But it would be a crime not to at least do the drives….
and CRIMINAL not to get out and walk/hike around, you don’t even have to wander in too far…
LAKE POWELL/RAINBOW BRIDGE
Lake Powell is a reservoir on the Colorado River, bordering Utah and Arizona. It was created by flooding the Glen Canyon. In better circumstances it was designated as the 2nd largest man made reservoir but due to recent droughts in the area and consumption it is currently the largest in terms of capacity. We have visited this area twice and have really noticed the dropping of the water levels in recent years.
There are 3 ways to get to Rainbow Bridge National Monument, depending where you begin from on Lake Powell, a mile long hike, a multi day hike, private boat or as we did, by tour boat.
Rainbow Bridge is described as the world’s highest (easily accessible), natural bridge. It is actually the 4th highest in the world. The span is 234 feet, 42 feet thick and 33 feet wide at the top, and 290 feet high! Very impressive!!!!
and Antelope Canyon!!!!!
I won’t post too many images of these amazing slot canyons as I devoted a whole blog to the Lower canyon……suffice it to say 100’s of pics were taken and they were all different and beautiful! No where else like it on earth!
Thanks for sharing my memories of these awesome areas and thanks to our friends who are traveling through for awakening my need to revisit these areas again!
Till next time…….