Lake Tawakoni State Park

Lake Tawakoni State Park is located in north east Texas near Wills Point.
On a (record high) hot summer day we visited Lake Tawakoni State Park. This state park is located in north east Texas near the town Wills Point.  

Mother Neff State Park

Located about 35 minutes from Waco, Texas.
On a warm July day we decided to take the scenic route and stop by Mother Neff State Park on our way to Austin. Mother Neff State Park is located in central Texas near Waco.  It was the first state park in the Texas Parks system.  

Cedar Breaks National Monument


Our last stop on our Utah national parks trip was Cedar Breaks National Monument. Perhaps it was the alpine setting at an elevation of 10,400 or maybe it was the smaller crowds than experienced elsewhere, but Cedar Breaks National Monument was our favorite from our trip. 

Bryce Canyon National Park

Cooler temperatures and hoodoos await you at Bryce Canyon National Park!
Our visit to Bryce Canyon National Park was short but fun!  Bryce Canyon National Park is located in Southern Utah at an elevation between 8,000 & 9,000 feet. When you visit Bryce Canyon National Park you will be amazed by the hoodoos. The brightly colored hoodoos are a striking sight to see.
View from the rim of Bryce Canyon


The elevation of Bryce Canyon National Park makes it a much more desirable location to visit during the summer than Zion National Park.  While the high temperatures at Zion National Park were hovering around 95 degrees in early June, Bryce Canyon National Park was a welcoming 78 degrees the day we visited. 


View from horseback inside Bryce Canyon

Our hotel was 2.5 hours from Bryce Canyon National Park so our trip was limited. Our time was spent on a horseback riding tour of the canyon.  I booked the 2 hour afternoon tour with Bryce Canyon Trail Rides. We thoroughly enjoyed our guided tour of the canyon.  I was a bit nervous because I had never ridden a horse before.  Thankfully I had a calm horse and my ride was enjoyable. The cooler weather was the reason we chose to ride horses at Bryce Canyon instead of Zion. I highly recommend seeing Bryce Canyon on horseback.  It will be an adventure you will not soon forget! 

Lodging: We stayed in St. George, UT, 2 hours from Bryce Canyon National Park.  If you would like to know more about my hotel, view my previous blog post. There are very few lodging choices near Bryce Canyon National park.  If I had to do it over again I would book a room at the Bryce Canyon Lodge for 1 to 2 nights. Make sure you book early, as the  Lodge fills up quickly, especially during the summer months. 

Lunch: The day we visited Bryce Canyon National Park we took a picnic lunch of a Subway sandwich.  

If you have any questions about our time at Bryce Canyon National Park, post in the comments for this blog.

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Zion National Park

View from Watchman Trail Zion National Park

Zion National Park is located in southwestern Utah about 2.5 hours from Las Vegas. In 2017 Zion National Park had 4.5 million visitors.  I tell you this so you know to be prepared for the crowds.  We visited Zion in early June on a Sunday and Monday. We found the park to be quite busy on the days of our visit. Click to continue reading about our visit to Zion National Park.

Southern Utah - Lodging


Lodging is one of the biggest expenses you will encounter when planning a vacation. As I planned our Southern Utah vacation I selected the places we wanted to visit and then began the search for lodging. We planned to visit Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park.  If there was time, we would also try to make it to Grand Staircase and Cedar Breaks National Monument. Where would we stay?