2016 was an amazing year. I decided to make a quick recap of last year. hope you enjoy! 🙂 and I promise, I’ll update this blog soon! I can’t wait to get into blogging again. It’s been a while.
Over Memorial Day weekend, my boyfriend and I went to Denver, Colorado to explore some national parks in the state and in Utah.
When we first landed in Denver we went straight to the city of Golden to see the Buffalo Bill Museum and Buffalo Bill’s grave site. The museum was about an hour away from downtown Denver and had beautiful views of the city and greenery all around.
After, we headed to our first official stop, Estes Park. The city is such a cute and quaint town. The nature within the town is beautiful. While we were here we went to see The Stanley Hotel which inspired the movie, The Shining. You would think the hotel would be creepy and scary, but it’s not too bad. It’s actually quite beautiful. My boyfriend and I also spent the majority of our time at Rocky Mountain National Park, right outside of Estes Park. Rocky Mountain National Park is amazing. The mountain tops were filled with snow and the valleys were so green and lush. There were moose and elk roaming the park. It didn’t feel real. When we were there, we hiked around Bear Lake and up Alberta Falls. Both had amazing view points. We also drove around Trail Ridge Road, which is actually one of the longest roads in the states. The road goes up to a high elevation and it even started snowing while we were up there. I wish we could have spent more time in the park, but sadly our time at Estes Park came to end and we were off to the next city.
We drove from Estes Park to Moab, Utah. We made a stop in Glenwood Springs in Colorado. We went to the Glenwood Cavern Adventure Park to check out the caves. We took a tour in the Fairy Caves and saw beautiful caves and and learned about how the founders travelled through the mountains in Colorado. After the caves, we headed to Moab to explore Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park. Both of the parks had amazing canyon views. We both love the desert and the landscapes that come with it. When we went to Canyonlands National Park, we explored the part of the park called “Island in the Sky”, which is the most popular part of the park. The other portions of the park are for back country hiking and off roading trails.
When we went to Arches National Park, we did some hiking to see the most popular sights in the Park. My favorite arch in the park is Delicate Arch which consisted of a hike up a rock face. Even though I felt like giving up throughout the hike, I knew the view at the end of the hike was so rewarding. We waited to watch the sunset at Delicate Arch. Even though it was really crowded, it was so beautiful.
After a view days in Moab, it was time to head back to Colorado. We were headed to Alamosa, Colorado. But on our way back, we stopped at Mesa Verde National Park. This national park was different that the other parks we had visited. Going to this park was like stepping into history. We got to explore the Cliff Palace. The tour included climbing ladders and going down steep steps and it was so worth it. After our tour we rested in Alamosa for the night.
The next day, we went to spend some time at our last national park, Great Sand Dunes National Park. This park was like seeing an oasis in the desert, but vice versa. The sand dunes were such a stark contrast to the Rocky Mountains in the background. At the dunes, you could rent boards so that you could ride down the dunes. We didn’t end up doing that, but we took our time roaming the dunes. After, we headed into to Denver to end our trip within a few days of arriving in the city.
This trip was amazing and even though we saw a lot and did a lot, it was all worth it. I am so happy that I got to spend so much time and make so many memories with my boyfriend, Wesley. There is so much more to see in Colorado and Utah and we hope to be back soon.
Thanks for reading! Till next time!
Recently, my boyfriend and I went to check out some National Parks in Colorado and Utah. During our trip we went to 3 National Parks in Colorado and 2 National Parks in Utah. We visited (in order) Rocky National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, and Great Sand Dunes National Park. All the parks were so different and unique in their own way. I loved this trip so much!
Also, this year, all National Parks are celebrating the centennial! So go and explore your local National Parks!
For a good while, I have been wanting to go back and visit Bryce and Zion National Parks in Utah. When I was younger, my family went out there for a few days for a family vacation. But of course, when I was younger, I did not appreciate the beauty of these national parks and I’ve been wanting go back for some time. My boyfriend had never been and he was really excited to check it out. So, we found sometime on Thanksgiving weekend to trek out to Utah and Arizona. We were out of town from November 25th-29th. Also,the reason for this trip too was to celebrate mine and my boyfriend’s birthday and our anniversary. We want to start making a tradition of going somewhere new together, yearly.
Day 1: Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
We left Los Angeles mid day around 12:00 PM and headed out to our first stop in Las Vegas, Nevada. We decided not to go straight to Utah on this day because I had to work in the morning and thought, “why not stay in Vegas for a night for a nice meal and a nice stay in a nice hotel?” We got to Vegas around 4:30 PM and checked into The Luxor. We decided to have dinner at the MGM Grand at Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak and decided to treat ourselves… actually, Wesley treated us to a lovely and fancy dinner. My boyfriend had a huge steak and I had lobster and filet mignon and shared whipped potatoes and brussel sprouts with bacon. It was delicious! I kind of wish we took it with us. I highly recommend it! So good… I still dream about it. After, we decided to head to the casino floor and try our luck out. We didn’t want to stay out too late because we had an early morning the next day.
Day 2: Thursday, November 26th, 2015 – Thanksgiving Day
We left Vegas around 6:00 AM and headed out to Bryce National Park in Utah. We got there around 12:00 PM and were amazed. It had recently snowed and the park was blanketed with a nice layer of snow. The canyon was covered in snow, but you could see little pockets of red from the red rock. We wanted to hike a bit and did a bit of the Rim Trail some of the Navajo Trail. The trail was pretty slippery because of the snow, but it was so much fun and so beautiful. In the late afternoon, we headed to where we were staying for the rest of our trip in Kanab, Utah. We used Airbnb and had the nicest host ever. They were very gracious with their home and very hospitable.
Day 3: Friday, November 27th, 2015
We left Kanab around 7:00 AM and headed out to Zion National Park. Our main goal for our Zion visit was to hike The Narrows. Mind you, it’s nearly winter and it has been snowing in Utah so, we decided to rent some water resistant suits to help keep us dry and some what warm. We rented out dry suits from Zion Adventure. They’re awesome because they have of the right gear available and even give a run down of what to look out for and how to maximize your hike in The Narrows. We spent about 4.5 hours in The Narrows and it was so amazing. The views of The Narrows were so breath taking and I was happy to see that there were other hikers hiking along with us. Also, the most amazing thing happened! IT SNOWED WHILE WE WERE HIKING! I’ve never seen it actually snow before and it was amazing. After our Narrows hike, we went to walk around the visitor center. After, we headed back to Kanab. The roads on the way home were pretty icy, so it was a little intimidating on the way back, but we made it safely.
Day 4: Saturday, November 28th, 2015 – Wesley’s Birthday!
For Wesley’s birthday, we headed out to Arizona to check out Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, and Monument Valley. The Horseshoe Bend a natural wonder of nature that raps around the Colorado River. It was so beautiful. Since Horseshoe Bend is about 10 minutes outside of Page, Arizona it was easy trek back into town. In town, we headed to where our tour began for the Antelope Canyon. In order to go into the Antelope Canyon, you must be with a Navajo guide. We choose Antelope Slot Canyon Tours by Chief Tsoise. I highly recommend this tour because our guide was really helpful with the history of the canyon and photography tips. The tour lasted about 1.5 hours, which was plenty of time. The only down side is that there are a lot of people on tours at the canyon, but it’s still pretty nonetheless. After, we headed out to Monument Valley. The views in the valley are breathe taking. We checked out the visitor center and the views from the center. So pretty! The great thing about Monument Valley is that you can actually drive through the valley. The drive is great because it really brings you into the valley and you can see things up close.
Day 4: Sunday, November 29th, 2015
On our final day, we said good by to our host in Kanab and headed back to Los Angeles, but hit a lot of traffic on the way home.
We had a lot of fun during our trip. We experienced a lot of new things together with the weather and the hikes that we went on. I am so glad that we finally went on the trip together and got to celebrate our birthdays and anniversary on our trip.
Hope you enjoyed this post!
Over Thanksgiving weekend, my boyfriend and I headed out to Utah and Arizona to check out Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, and Monument Valley.
Check out our short video documenting our experience out there! I will be posting a photo diary soon! Enjoy!