ok. We spent our week in Utah. It was absolutely fabulous! Great time of year to go there. It was still quite green. Cool, too. In fact, it snowed in SLC while we were in Moab.
We hiked in Arches Nat. Park, which is a truly magical place!
Next day we checked out Dead horse park, and the north entrance to Canyonlands Nat. Park, and drove the Shafer trail. This is a dirt road that goes down some pretty hairy drops and switchbacks, and then winds through the Nat. park, along the creek bed and over some rough terrain ( kind of need some high clearance, and all wheel/4 wheel drive is pretty nice to have!). Took zillions of cool pictures.
Went to the Needles area of Canyonlands Nat. Park and did a 4 mile hike there that was just one spectacular view after another. But, boy did I struggle with the altitude! I come from Sea Level. This was somewhere betwee 5500 and 6000 feet of elevation. I was always sucking air!
Spent the last 3 days in Capitol Reef Nat. Park. Super gorgeous, primitive looking country. Drove the Burr Trail, and some other short hikes, though I was battling a cold.
All in all, this is a super destination for a road trip. I am so happy to have had this wonderful opportunity.