Destination: Moab and Arches

Sego Canyon and Arches

We actually started this family gathering in Green River and stayed in a motel there. It is an hour away from Moab. The first day we hiked to some Native American Rock Art sites in Sego Canyon near Green River. Dinner, of course, was a burger at the famous Ray’s Tavern.

Sego Canyon

Sego Canyon is filled with many types of rock art. On top of a rock are footprints (top left); Grinding stone grooves  in the rock that was once lying flat (top right); Petroglyphs and Pictographs; and a ghost town as well.

The next morning we drove to Moab. Some of the family went  on some trails with ATVs. The rest of us shopped and went sight-seeing, and visited all of the art galleries. In the afternoon we visited Arches National Park.

Family Trip--Arches1

Top Row L-A small arch in the park; C-Hiking up the solid rock; R-Hiking to Delicate Arch. Bottom Row–Hiking to Delicate Arch–a pretty long hike, but so worth it!. R-Our ballerina daughter-in-law did some poses for me under the arch.

There are several arches to see, and we love to hike, so we trekked  to the farthest, and most famous–Delicate Arch. Everyone in the world should see this national park! Amazing formations, and amazing views!!

Destination: Bryce Canyon

Ruby’s Inn Campground at Bryce Canyon

We planned our reunion for Bryce Canyon, and because of our grandchildren, we thought it would be fun to stay in Tipis. They rent for $35-53.00/night depending on how many people–2-8. The cabins rent for $52-65/night. There is a restroom/shower building and also an indoor pool that is available to campers.Family Trip--Bryce Canyon  We participated in the wagon ride and chuck wagon dinner one evening. We went on several gorgeous hikes! I think Bryce has the most unusual formations of any of the National Parks. It is a fun place to explore, and tipis made the trip all the more enchanting.

Destination: Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

We stayed in Torrey at the Cowboy Homestead Cabins. They are each $89.00. They have a kitchenette and bathroom and bed–cute cabins and fabulous view! This is the best deal because they are off the main road, a little outside of town. There is an irrigation ditch that runs next to the property. My city grand kids never got out of the ditch unless we left to go somewhere (top middle).

Family Trip--Torrey Capitol Reef1

We made some side trips the days we were there. We went hiking in Capitol Reef National Park (bottom left). We went to the ghost town of Fruita, where there are orchards with fruit you can pick; an old school house; a gift store; and this old truck (middle row 5, 6). We also drove to Boulder Mountain and hiked and played in the water (bottom center).Each family had their own cabin, but the back yard is large with a lot of room for ball and frisbee games, and outside grills where we cooked together. Across the fence in the back yard is a horse pasture (top right). We want to revisit this destination and stay in these same cabins!