Mono Lake – Lee Vining, CA

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After exiting Death Valley we headed north towards Lassen Volcanic, but decided to stop off at Mono Lake on the way. Mono Lake is a desert lake with a high concentration of salts, which results on the below features, as well as a unique ecosystem in the area. Depending on the time of year you’ll notice that there are millions ...

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Death Valley National Park

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After leaving Hoover Dam I picked up a friend at the Vegas airport, and we headed over to California through Death Valley National Park. As much as I really wanted to melt and die in extreme heat, I opted not to undertake any major hikes in the park. The day I drove through it was 113 degrees… at 9:00am. Death ...

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Hoover Dam

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While driving through Nevada I stopped off in Henderson to hang out with some friends in the area. We headed up to Hoover Dam, which was pretty cool to see. The parking in the area was something ridiculous like $15, but without any other options you just gotta deal with getting boned. The dam itself was pretty impressive, and it was ...

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Zion National Park

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I was able to make my way through the driving (non-canyon) portion of Zion very late at night, coming in from Bryce Canyon, but unfortunately that was all I was able to see. I ended up in the ER with exhaustion and elevation sickness after Bryce, and it took me a couple of days to recover, and that’s all the ...

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Red Canyon & Bryce Canyon National Park

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On my way to Bryce Canyon I drove through Red Canyon National Forest, which is full of deep colored red rock, which was pretty amazing to see. It reminded me of Sedona, AZ, but on crack. There was also a pretty cool drive-though which they say is natural, but it definitely appeared as if they did some work on it to ...

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Capitol Reef National Park

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Capitol Reef is kind of the red headed stepchild of Utah’s National Parks. I can’t say I was too excited to visit there in the first place, especially since it is literally out in the middle of nowhere and is a fairly significant drive from Salt Lake City (where I dropped my friend back off), and from Bryce Canyon (where ...

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Canyonlands National Park

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I wasn’t overly impressed with Canyonlands, although I only visited one ‘district’ of the park. It is split up into 4 areas (districts), and we visited The Island in the Sky area of the park to do the Mesa Arch hike. The hike was fairly simple with very little elevation, but as per usual you can expect to sweat a ...

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Arches National Park

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On my trip from Yellowstone down to Utah I stopped to pick up a friend in Salt Lake City to hit up Canyonlands and Arches National Park. We stayed 2 nights in Moab, which sits right in the middle of the two parks. I would highly suggest staying there if you’re planning a trip to either. There’s a restaurant/pub called ...

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Grand Teton National Park

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I drove through Grand Teton National park on my way from Yellowstone down to Utah, and it was such a beautiful drive. The national park itself looked to have a ton of low elevation hikes, a ton of camping/fishing areas, and has an amazing resort in the middle of it all. Although I’m not sure there would be a lot ...

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