For my own ease in stepping back and reminiscing about our vacation in Wyoming and Utah earlier this summer, I’ve pulled together all ten days worth of recaps into one tidy little spot. I hope you’ll find this useful if you’re considering planning a Grand Teton area or Southern Utah vacation. Just click on the blue subheading to read more about that particular excursion…
Nestled in the woods on Heck of a Hill Road in Wilson, Wyoming, the Jackson Hole Hideout was the perfect location to stay for our race getaway. Innkeepers Greg and Beth made us feel right at home and provided a wealth of knowledge about local dining, hiking, and areas of interest. The Grand Teton Half Marathon was the first thing on our itinerary, and the Jackson Hole Hideout was a great jumping off point just up the road from the race start at Stilson Lot on Moose Wilson Road.
The Grand Teton Half proved to be a just as beautiful as promised, and views of the Grand Tetons during the race made up for the difficulties of high altitude running!
Just a few short hours after completing the Grand Teton Half Marathon, my husband convinced me that in order to make the most out of our vacation, a Phelps Lake hike was in order and there was no time like the present. I, on the other hand, thought a shower and a long afternoon nap would be the perfect way to relax and celebrate running a great race…
When planning our trip to Wyoming and Utah, we had specific items on our agenda; obviously running in the Grand Teton Half was top on my list, but hiking in the Grand Tetons, visiting some of the southern Utah national and state parks, and seeing our friends was also part of the plan. A Deer Valley hike wasn’t initially on our radar, but we’re glad our friends suggested it.
It’s hard to find a desert more beautiful and majestic, than Arches National Park located on the Colorado Plateau in Southern Utah’s Moab. The park’s 76,679 acres has wide expanses of open red desert dotted with scrub brush and cacti which are occasionally interrupted with spectacular sandstone arches formed by millions of years of erosion. Hiking trails marked with cairns take visitors off the road to explore some of Arches most prized features in the high desert.
Designated as one of the Mighty Five in Southern Utah, Canyonlands is 337,598 acres of breathtaking canyons, buttes, mesas, and arches. Canyonlands National Park is divided into four districts: Island in the Sky, The Maze, The Needles, and The River (Colorado and Green). On our most recent visit we spent a day in Island in the Sky, the district closest to our home base in Moab.
Dead Horse Point State Park is a beautiful state park in Southern Utah just 32 miles from Moab. The park has spectacular views of the Colorado River winding its way below the mesa. We had an ulterior motive for visiting during the day when we planned to return again at sunset. We wanted to search out the perfect view so we could be perched and ready for the sun to set!
I’m so glad we made the decision to visit the park during the daylight hours and at sunset. Watching the colors change across the desert as the sun lowered in the sky was a beautiful sight. Getting to meet Kamran and learn about his adventures was a bonus to a perfect day!
Mountain biking in Moab was high on our bucket list when we started planning our Southern Utah vacation; and Moab, the mountain biking capital of North American, was the perfect to give the sport a try!
We had a fantastic time and can’t wait until our next trip back out west. The toughest decision will be whether to return for additional exploring in an area we both love or to visit an entirely new area of our beautiful country.
- How do you organize your photos – online, in old-fashioned photo albums, or both?
- Where’s your favorite vacation spot?
- Any locations to which you’ve traveled, but would never return?
Happy Running! ~ Deb