Shot of the Week: Colchuck Lake (Washington, USA)

Shot of the Week: Colchuck Lake, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington on northtosouth.us

After hiking 4 miles, we were treated to a gorgeous view of Colchuck Lake, a bright blue alpine lake in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Washington, on Sunday, October 12, 2014.

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Bryce Canyon National Park, After Dark (Utah, USA)

Bryce Canyon National Park, After Dark, Utah, USA on northtosouth.us

On the fourth day of our road trip through the Western U.S., we headed to Bryce Canyon. We arrived around noon and were happy to find that the ‘full’ signs had not yet been hung next to the campground names at the entrance.

Bryce Canyon hoodoos, Utah, USA on northtosouth.us

The park by day, along Queens Ridge Trail

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Arches Trail and the Milky Way at Red Canyon, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Red Canyon, Dixie National Forest, Utah on northtosouth.us

Between Zion and Bryce Canyon, we stopped in Red Canyon to set up camp on day 3 of Road Trip USA: Summer 2014. After having a hard time finding camping at Zion, we pulled into Red Canyon Campground around 3pm to avoid another after-dark search for camping.

Red Canyon is located near Panguitch, Utah, in the Powell Ranger District of the expansive Dixie National Forest. With a landscape resembling a hybrid between Zion and Bryce, Red Canyon is home to red sandstone spires as well as dense sections of pine trees.

Hiking Arches Trail, Red Canyon, Dixie National Forest, Utah on northtosouth.us
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Zion National Park, Utah, USA

Zion National Park, Utah, USA on northtosouth.us
Above: Zion Canyon from Angels Landing at sunset

June 18-19, 2014

Without a cloud in the sky, our second destination on Road Trip USA: Summer 2014 was hot but breathtakingly beautiful (and also quite appropriately named). Zion — or “the promised land” — is a large National Park in Utah home to the popular Zion Canyon, an expanse surrounded by sandstone and limestone formations tall enough to almost entirely shade the valley below by early afternoon. Continue reading