Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

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The Waterpocket Fold is a straight, 100 mile long ridge of tilted and layered rock stretching from the Fishlake Mountains in central Utah to Lake Powell in the south. Most is preserved in Capitol Reef National Park, which contains multicolored cliffs, narrow canyons, ridges, arches, spires and domes. That landscape makes Capitol Reef Country perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, ATV tours, hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, or just a quiet picnic. Capitol Reef encompasses the Waterpocket Fold, a warp in the earth\’s crust that is 65 million years old. It is the largest exposed monocline in North America. In this fold, newer and older layers of earth folded over each other in an S-shape. This warp, probably caused by the same colliding continental plates that created the Rocky Mountains, has weathered and eroded over millennia to expose layers of rock and fossils.

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Fish River Canyon – The Second Largest Canyon in the World

Fish River Canyon – The Second Largest Canyon in the World

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The Fish River canyon is one of the most impressive natural beauties in the southern part of Namibia. With a depth of up to 550 metres, the Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world. The enormous gorge meanders along a distance of approx. 160 kilometres through the fissured Koubis massif all the way down to Ai-Ais. The canyon starts near Seeheim. It is 161 kilometres long and up to 27 km wide and ends at Ai-Ais. The canyon is over 500 million years old, with part of the strata formed as far back as 650 million years ago. The area has become a very popular hiking destination over the years, which includes the well-known Fish River Hiking Trail. The trail is a 4-day activity covering 86 km in total. Hiking trips are available from May to September

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Spectacular Mesa Verde National Park

Spectacular Mesa Verde National Park

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Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1300. They chose Mesa Verde as their settlement 1,400 years ago, establishing small pithouses (large holes in the ground with a wooden roof overhead) on the mesa tops. Today, Mesa Verde National Park protects over 4,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. Mesa Verde is UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the southwestern corner of the state of Colorado.

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Spectacular Browns Canyon

Spectacular Browns Canyon

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The Browns Canyon National Monument and Wilderness proposal area covers 22,000 acres of federally and state-managed public land in Chaffee County, Colorado. The area consists of the riparian corridor, stunning rock spires, hoodoos, and granite outcroppings. The overwhelming majority of visitors to this treasured Chaffee County landscape never set foot on a trail anyway. They merely hop in a rubber raft or kayak and paddle the Arkansas River as it flows south past the Collegiate Peaks toward Salida.

Location: Approximately 7 miles south of Buena Vista, off of U.S. Hwy 24
Allowed uses: hiking, horseback riding, rafting
Season: Year round

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Glass Bottom Skywalk in Grand Canyon, Arizona

Glass Bottom Skywalk in Grand Canyon, Arizona

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The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a glass transparent horseshoe-shaped cantilever bridge and tourist attraction in Arizona near the Colorado River, located on the edge of a side canyon in the Grand Canyon West area of the main canyon. Visitors on the Skywalk, which has a clear, 4-inch-thick glass bottom, peer over the railing, or down through their stance to see the Canyon and all of its 4,000 feet of vertical abyss. Although its weight capacity is stated to be 70 tons, permitted capacity is limited to just 120 people at a time. Visitors must wear special “booties” over their shoes so as not to damage or scuff the glass bottom.

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Discover Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Discover Antelope Canyon, Arizona

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Antelope Canyon is possibly the most-photographed of northern Arizona’s sandstone slot canyons. The glowing orange and purple colors of the wind- and water-carved, narrow fissures in Antelope Canyon feature in many beautiful images. Antelope Canyon includes two separate, photogenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack and Lower Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew. Upper Antelope Canyon is the most popular and most visited of the two slot canyons. Less narrow and more level than Lower Antelope, making it so much easier to hike. The lower canyon is much more narrow versus the upper canyon and there is no entrance at ground level so visitors must climb down ladders to reach the canyon floor.

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Hopi House, Grand Canyon National Park

Hopi House, Grand Canyon National Park

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Hopi House has been selling authentic American Indian arts and crafts to visitors since the Fred Harvey Company opened its doors in 1905. It is a large, multi-story building of stone masonry, shaped and built like a Hopi pueblo. The main shopping area resides on the first floor, and offers a tempting array of authentic artwork and crafts. The second floor now houses a gallery, which includes works by relatives of Nampeyo, a famous potter who would give demonstrations at Hopi House during its early years.

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Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim

Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim

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Nearly five million people see the 1 mile deep Grand Canyon each year. You can reach Grand Canyon National Park from main entrances on the South Rim and the North Rim. The South Rim is the most accessible part of the park and is open all year. The north rim is much less crowded than the south rim and the scenery and views are equal to if not better than the south rim.

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