Kolob Canyon, Cedar Breaks, Bryce – 7/28/11

Left the main section of Zion National Park to head for the less-visited Kolob Canyons section. We hiked the Taylor Creek Trail, a fun hike that intertwines the creek with multiple easy crossings (described in the Lonely Planet park guide as DNA-like). We hiked to the first of two remote cabins from the 1930s – a little different form Thoreau’s “isolated” cabin a short walk from Concord Center! Dan jogged ahead to the double-arch. We then continued driving through Kolob to an overlook and picnic lunch, complete with golden eagle overhead.

After Kolob, we found Cedar Breaks National Monument, a mini-Bryce ablaze with sandstone and wildflowers. Now we’re hiking on a plateau and looking down, compared to Zion where we started on the river valley and looked/hiked up.

Finally, to Bryce Canyon National Park with deer, and Subway sandwiches for a sunset picnic dinner.

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