It’s right around midnight local time, and I am driving 10 miles per hour down a steep, winding road, hoping that my destination will be around the next corner. I cannot see anything around me, as the mountains prevent the moonlight from shining light on my path. Just when I thought I had reached my destination, my vehicle entered what seemed like a never-ending tunnel. After about a mile, I burst through the tunnel’s threshold with triumph because I had finally arrived. Despite being overjoyed at the thought of my survival following one of the most daring adventures of my life, I still did not fully comprehend where I was at. Nevertheless, I found a campsite, constructed my tent and proceeded to doze off under the clear night sky.
I woke as the sunshine peaked through the window of my tent, and as I crawled outside to finally soak in nature’s beauty, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was standing in the middle of Zion National Park in Utah, surrounded by some of the most magnificent mountains this side of the Rockies. Suddenly, the dangerous voyage that led me here was masked by the overwhelming beauty of the Southwestern United States.
From the rushing waterfalls of the Emerald Pools to the gorgeous coves of the Narrows, Zion National Park featured an ambiance that I had never experienced before.
As I set out on my next adventure, I found it hard to leave such a wonderful place. As I continued to soak in the beauty that was fading in my rear-view mirror, it didn’t take long before I found myself admiring an entirely new landscape. Just an hour and a half up the road, Bryce Canyon National Park awaited my arrival.
After a short hike up to Bryce Point, I approached the edge of the canyon without knowing what to expect. As I stared out toward the horizon, the vast array of crimson-colored rock formations left me breathless. At a staggering 8,300 feet, I felt on top of the world, as I stared in amazement at the scattered mixture of forests and mountains that formed below me.
Anyone who has been to Colorado will tell you that the Rocky Mountains feature some of the most jaw-dropping sites known to man. While that’s true, there is also a spectacular national park that resides in the southwestern corner of the state.
Mesa Verde National Park provides an unaltered view of the incredible land masses that surround the four corners. The snow-capped mountains in the distance stand almost 14,000 feet above sea level, presenting a breathtaking view from hundreds of miles away.
From the mountainous terrain of Colorado to the desert plains of Arizona, I travelled to one of the most famous natural phenomena in the world.
The Grand Canyon stretches nearly 280 miles in length with an average width of 10 miles across. Its immense depth can be overwhelming, but this unique spectacle offers a variety of activities including back country camping and river trips. Deep inside the canyon, I found myself completely surrounded by red rock formations. The more I looked around, the smaller I felt as a person. My Grand Canyon experiences really put things into perspective for me, in terms of how miniscule we are in the larger scheme of things. It is definitely something I will hold onto for the rest of my life.