4.2 mi Roundtrip, ~2–3 hr, Easy-Intermediate, Landscape, Partition, Double-O Arch
HOW TO GET THERE: Devil’s Garden is at the very end of Arches National Park which is a one way park and not a loop. It’s about 18 miles into the park. There are lots of parking spots, but also lots of people, so make sure you get there early. We arrived around 8AM and parking was no problem.
Start at the trailhead in the center of the parking lot, next to the bathrooms. Within the first 0.3 mi you will come to the first major arch: Tunnel Arch, and a little farther along at is Pine Tree Arch. Both are exciting to see but nothing compared what is to come.
Queen’s Garden Trail, Navajo Loop
3 mi, ~2-3 hr, Easy-Intermediate, Sunrise to Sunset Point
HOW TO GET THERE: You can drive around Bryce but they also offer a complimentary shuttle. I would suggest parking at Sunset and starting the hike there. You can either walk to or take the shuttle to Sunrise Point, we walked since it was only 0.5 mi.
Starting at Sunrise point there is a lookout with an amazing view, but trust me, it only gets better. The trailhead is clearly marked by wooden signs as you venture down into the canyon, surrounded by hoodoos. Queen’s Garden Trail is ~1.6 mi downhill until you reach the bottom of the canyon and come to a fork. At the fork you can either continue to Sunset Point or take the Navajo Loop back to Sunset Point.
Last week I photographed SF fashion blogger Thy Nguyen or Thytime (@thy.time), featuring boots from 4th and Reckless and backpack from Hieleven. Thy was super sweet; she’s a blogger by day and nurse by night, working crazy hours but still blogging and sharing beautiful content on her instagram when she can. Check out her blog: http://thyti.me/ We roamed around San Francisco’s Financial District, finding a lot of grays and white to shoot on to go with her outfit. Details of her outfit bellow!
3 mi In-and-out, ~2 hr, Easy-Intermediate, Stop #5 Zion Lodge
HOW TO GET THERE: Park in Zion’s Visitor Center lot. Take the complimentary shuttle to The Lodge (5). Walk across the road and across the bridge to Lower Falls Trails.
Because of all the rain, the falls at the Pools were full and flowing. I’ve heard it is a little less exciting during the summer months. The trail to the Lower Pool is a flat and easy 0.5 mi. Once you reach the falls the trail takes you right under them along an alcove as they pour down over you into the pools. You can see the falls from multiple angles if you keep walking.