Frommer'sÂ National Parks of the American West (Park Guides)
Don Laine, Barbara Laine
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- Insider advice on visiting 35 of the most stunning and rewarding national parks in America from authors who know them inside and out.
- Where to find the absolute best hiking trails, ranger programs, scenery, wildlife viewing, and campgrounds.
- Insightful commentary on everything from the history of the parks to their natural attractions, including flora and fauna, to finding the best times to visit, avoiding crowds, and finding the right place to stay.
- Opinionated reviews. No bland descriptions and lukewarm recommendations. Our expert writers are passionate about their destinations--they tell it like it is in an engaging and helpful way.
- Exact prices listed for every establishment and activity--no other guides offer such detailed, candid reviews of hotels and restaurants. We include the very best, but also emphasize moderately priced choices for real people.
- User-friendly features including star ratings and special icons to point readers to great finds, excellent values, insider tips, best bets for kids, special moments, and overrated experiences.
sea lions gather at Point Bennett, and seabirds nest on Prince Island at the mouth of Cuyler Harbor. SANTA ROSA This is a good bet if you want to visit one of the islands for more than a day. (It’s relatively big, so there’s more to explore.) Those interested in ranching history and vaqueros (Mexican cowboys) will find Santa Rosa appealing. Santa Rosa’s hundreds of undisturbed archaeological SANTA BARBARA This is the smallest of the island chain, not to mention one of the most distant and
GRAND STAIRCASE–ESCALANTE NAT'L MONUMENT, UT Day Hikes 7 A great choice for getting down into the canyon and seeing the most with the least amount of sweat is to combine the Navajo Loop Trail with the Queen’s Garden Trail. The total distance is just under 3 miles, and most hikers take 2 to 3 hours. It’s best to start at the Navajo Loop Trailhead at Sunset Point and leave the canyon on the less steep Queen’s Garden Trail, returning to the rim at Sunrise Point, .5 mile north of the Navajo Loop
to buy that genuine cowboy hat you’ve been wanting. There’s a trail here especially for kids, where they can search for arrowheads, fossils, and petrified wood; or perhaps they would prefer checking out the jail. Nearby, Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo (& 866/782-0002) showcases bucking broncos, bull riding, calf roping, and all sorts of rodeo fun in a 1-hour program, from Memorial Day weekend through late August, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children
trail’s main scenic attraction is the Mesa Arch, made of Navajo sandstone. It hangs precariously on the edge of a 500-foot cliff, framing a spectacular view of nearby mountains. Views are especially good at sunrise. .5 mile RT. Easy. Access: Trail head along paved road about 6 miles south of visitor center. Upheaval Dome Overlook This hike to the overlook has a few steep inclines. Upheaval Dome doesn’t fit with the rest of Canyonlands’ terrain—it’s the result not of gradual erosion (like the
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