Adventures in Utah, Arizona and Nevada! The Wave, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, and Red Rocks Canyon
Hiking The Wave.
What is it? Beautiful, otherworldly sandstone formations. No strenuous hiking and plenty of picture opportunities. In total the hike is under 6 miles round trip but you will want to spend all day here exploring.
Where is it? The actual Wave hike straddles the border between Utah and Arizona.
How to do it: Win the permit lottery. Only 20 people per day are allowed to see and experience The Wave.
Want to apply for a permit? Read more here: https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/permits-and-passes/lotteries-and-permit-systems/arizona/coyote-buttes
How to get there: Fly into Las Vegas, Nevada in the evening and drive to Kanab, Utah. Rent a car and drive 3 hours to Kanab, Utah. (Note: hard to fly directly into Kanab and the desert drive is great). We used Kanab as home base. Every place we visited was between a 30 minute and an hour drive away. Springdale, UT is also a good option for a base and it is only a few minutes drive to the entrance of Zion National park.
Zion National Park -The Narrows hike- Only had 1 day here.
We rented drysuits for the day for $50.00 USD in Springdale and walked through the waterways of the narrows. It was fun wading through waist deep water all day! Some sections were closed this time of year due to potential flash flood danger. I would love to come back and do the overnight hike in the summertime.
I discovered the awesomeness of drysuits....and you can just float downstream if you get lazy :)
Added on a couple short adventures in Bryce Canyon (About 1.5 hours drive from Zion.
Before flying out of Vegas we managed to squeeze in a short climbing trip to Red Rocks! A 20-minute drive from the Las Vegas strip was the famed Red Rocks Canyon National Conservation area. This place was a dream. Out of all of the places visited on this trip, this was the place I wished I could have spent the most time.
For climbing routes we used the mountain project website https://www.mountainproject.com/area/105731932/red-rock
Because of time we only went to the first pull out.