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Summer on Colorado Plateau

1. Zion

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We have been to 7 National parks and 3 indian reservations!

Overall opinion:

Amazing park offering spectacular views for 30 min - 7 day visits, anyone will find something!!! Good infrastructure and management.

Highlights:

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It rained just before we came...

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The water you see is secreting from the porous rock of zion, it is estimated that it takes water about 2-4000 years to go through the rock!

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Overview of Big Bend

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Zion Canyon overview

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2. Bryce

Overall opinion:

Hard to believe in what you see, this park is a must! Great management and nights are really dark!

Highlights:

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Hammer

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Bryce is basically sand!

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On the background the culprit of all of this - rain!

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3. Capitol Reef

Overall opinion:

Least interesting park of all national parks we visited, if you're short on time it's not a problem to skip it.

Highlights:

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Aspens

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4. Canyonlands

Overall opinion:

Superb! Park is certainly underestimated, it's amazing and huge! Underdeveloped so be prepared to camp without water and bring all your food, but it makes it even more enjoyable!

Highlights:

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A lash video combining two panoramas

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Canyon carved by colorado river, far away you see needles

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5. Arches

Overall opinion:

Yes, Spielberg filmed Indiana Jones here for a reason! This park provided us with most beautiful pictures of all! Some arches are gonna live for a very short time, visit it before it's too late... Park is well developed and well managed so no worries to arrive with no food or water.

Highlights:

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Sun helps

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The real fairy tale of Arches

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Landscape arch under the first beams of sun light!

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A Flash showinng 360 deg around balanced rock

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Flash of clouds

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Flash walk around delicate arch

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Arches - remember the third Indiana Jones - best possible location for that movie!

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Petrified sand dunes

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Petrified sand dunes

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Photographic frenzy at Delicate Arch

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6. Monument valley

Overall opinion:

This park is in indian reservation and is absurdly overestimated! There's too much hype about very little, compare to other parks in the Colorado Plateau. And by the way, management is horrible..

Highlights:

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Monument valley over time

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Night and Day

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Clouds

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7. Antelope canyon, Lake Powell

Overall opinion:

Certainly worth visiting, and note that management makes sure it worth more than what they post at the entrance gate, watch out! Lake Powell is great and National Parks card is a great help to visit all of that!

Highlights:

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8. River Colorado

Overall opinion:

One has to drive along the river one way or another, it's a nice ride and the river is strong, cold and elevates respect for the first discoverers, such as Powell.

Highlights:

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Horse shoe bend at the colorado river right after the powell lake, there are at least 4 such spectacular points along the river

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River in motion

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The roots of Grand Canyon

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On the way to Lee's ferry

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9. Grand canyon

Overall opinion:

Everyone heard of Grand Canyon, it's grand, in fact in my opinion it's too big to comprehend. But definitely a spectacular visit. Camp ground staff are very friendly and management is great even though there are tons of tourists, visit before it's a huge city!

Highlights:

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Stars spinning over the grand canyon - 10 images at iso 400 (almost impossibly noisy on my camera) and 15 seconds exposure

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Colors of Grand Canyon

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This picture took about 15 min prep!

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Colors of Grand Canyon

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