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Lake Powell

Road trippin' ! This year has been quite the contrast from last year. With our 12 staycation project in 2019, plus a girls trip at the beginning of the summer, we had already been on 8 staycations by July, one of which was a 10 day humanitarian trip to Mexico. Fast forward to 2020, we kicked of January with a 10 day road trip up the coast of California. Then quarantine kicked in and all the happenings around the country so we had to cancel our trip to Taiwan in May and weren't planning any trips for the summer. But

Zion Adventure Photog Family Photos | 12 Utah Staycations

When I realized that we would be close to Arika (from Zion Adventure Photog) when visiting Cable Mountain Lodge, I knew that family photos needed to happen! Arika is my favorite Southern Utah Photographer (dare I say favorite in general?) I was super excited to have Stephanie meet Arika in person too. Stephanie and I planned to have Arika take pretty casual photos. I wanted to have some photos that shows us pretty much how we are, dressed as we are, stains and all. I loved how they turned out. I admire Arika's love for adventure families too! She's got

Hiking the Narrows | 12 Utah Staycations

Hiking The Narrows has been a life long goal of mine. I always pictured a big trip down to Zion with a group of people, taking a guided tour for an all-day hiking experience. Well our schedule got switched around and our Sunday morning was wide open, so when I saw people riding the shuttle in full gear I knew they were hiking The Narrows. I tracked down some gear to rent at a local spot just outside the gate of the park and then reached out to our amazing followers online for some tips. They encouraged me to go

Things to do near Zion National Park | 12 Utah Staycations

Today is the last day to enter our Cable Mountain Staycation Giveaway! We're giving away 2 nights and giving you ALL the details about what to do! Here's our full itinerary, complete with details and tips. Read why Cable Mountain Lodge is hands down the best place to stay if you plan to do hang out in Zion National Park! Hike Angel's Landing Hike Overlook Canyon Trail Hike the Narrows Hike Pine Creek Gorge Slot Canyon Here's some ways to explore Zion with Younger Kids. Head on down to St. George! Oscar's Cafe We had SO much fun visiting Cable

St. George | 12 Utah Staycations

We had a spare minute and found ourselves about 20 minutes away from St. George and 20 minutes away from sunset. So we headed straight to The Crack! This is our favorite fast adventure and it just isn't a visit to St. George without conquering The Crack. We've never hiked it in the dark before. It was dusk, but the crack its self was super dark. It is definitely harder in the dark, so I don't recommend it if you are hiking for the first time. This is looking down from the top. We just love that red rock. And

Canyon Overlook Trail | 12 Utah Staycations

During our last visit to Zion, we used the FREE shuttle system so I didn't even know about the other side of Zion National Park. There is an awesome tunnel that is over a mile long that you can drive through. Right as you exit the tunnel, start searching for a parking spot. There is a small parking lot to the right, and parking along the road to the left. This overlook hike is basically a mini Angels Landing. It's a short hike, about 30 minutes, and the views are incredible. There are some steep cliffs so keep the littles

Pine Creek Gorge Slot Canyon | 12 Utah Staycations

If you find yourself at the Overlook Hike, then you are right where you need to be to find the Pine Creek trail. This trail is NOT clearly marked in any way. The trail head is located in the parking lot right as you exit the tunnel. There is a sign to follow the path under the road/bridge. You will be able to see somewhat of a trail. Follow that down into the slot canyon. Small children will need help down but I think they would have fun exploring the canyon. Once you are down, head to the right. The

Win a Salt Project Family Staycation to Cable Mountain Lodge!

We JUST finished our 11th Staycation to Cable Mountain Resort! Cable Mountain Lodge is LITERALLY the last place before you enter Zion National Park. We are SO excited to partner up with Cable Mountain Lodge to giveaway a Staycation to one of you! We'll be writing all about our experience throughout the week but you can enter the Cable Mountain Lodge Staycation Giveaway NOW! Be sure to check back every day, because you can always enter again!

Fish Lake | 12 Utah Staycations

Welcome to Fish Lake in Fish Lake National Park! Located in the sweet county of Sevier! Years ago, when I was probably 6 or 7, my family camped at Fish Lake. I don't have a whole lot of memories other than my little sister falling off the dock into the frozen water. That's it. So I was SUPER excited when I found out that Fish Lake was on our itinerary for our 8th Staycation! We've teamed up with Utah's Trail Country to giveaway and AWESOME Staycation in Sevier County! So be sure to it out! Also, we have an epic

Hike Hidden Haven near Parowan

Hidden Haven in Parowan! Who's hiked this before? Not us! This easy hike is 1.4 miles that ends at a waterfall. We've literally driven by this hike SOO many times. This giant sign is there to tell the world and we just drove by it like three times this year already. Once when we were at Brian Head during our Cedar City Staycation and then another time when we were driving through the canyon on the way home from Bryce Canyon Staycation. It only took a family reunion to get us to this sweet hike and we ALMOST didn't even
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