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  •  Love this place (1+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest

    Found it quite by accident back in 1996 or so, on the way to the SW Utah region to see the much more well-known Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks.  This was such a  treat that I think to this day I liked it better than the other two.  I was there in mid May, two weeks before the "official" start of vacation season (Memorial Day) and my girlfriend and I were the only two in the place.   The contrast between the hoodoos and the snow on the ground was mind-blowing, and we spent some time camping close to nearby Navajo Lake (I think that was the name).  Anyhow, I ended up taking a trip Out West every year for about 7 years straight, so I am often asked for advice when friends of mine here in KY plan their own roadtrips to or through the area, and I always recommend a stop at Cedar Breaks.   Thanks for the pics - they are of much higher quality than mine, which were all taken with an old APS camera, the exciting "new" technology at the time.  lol

    KD

    •  it's a toss-up. . . (1+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest

      between the two locales given the stunning beauty of the setting and the color, but I think Cedar Breaks takes the cake for the more enriching tincture. It's also the choice locale given the lower impact of visitors. Then again, it's like comparing two of your children and figuring out which is more beautiful, eh? Thanks for posting your comment oruacat2. I also think the monument opens a bit earlier these years due to the pervasive drought that generates less moisture these years compared to the past, even way up there in that lofty plateau country.

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      by richholtzin on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 05:51:20 AM PDT

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      •  When they ask "what's the difference" (1+ / 0-)
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        RiveroftheWest

        I tell them - Bryce and Zion are both incredible, typical red-rock desert that you find throughout southern Utah - Cedar Breaks is a little slice of that red rock desert dropped into an alpine meadow.   lol

        Here's a UT/KY connection you might not know about:  in SE Kentucky we have an area called the Red River Gorge National Geological Area, it has more natural bridges, rock shelters, recess caves, etc than any other place in America, except for your Arches National Park.   Picture Arches in your head and imagine if it "greened up" overnight into a lush woodland environment with ample rainfall and groundwater, and you've got The Gorge.  

        KD

        •  when I lived in Cincy. . . (1+ / 0-)
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          RiveroftheWest

          for a time, and the best girlfriend a fellah could ever want, she and I drove down that way and I was very blown away by the scenery. You folks have lots of limestone and natural bridges in same. So, yes, I am very familiar with that neck of the woods. If I wasn't using such a slow-ass wi-fi hookup these days (I recently moved and am awaiting a faster connection) I would send you some pics I just found on the web given that area. Then again, you already know the beauty of the place. Verdure country, indeed; and it's anything but a desert terrain. Like your take on the Breaks being dropped into an alpine meadow. Very good, that. Thanks for posting your comment and sharing something from your neck of the woods, oruacat2.

          Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

          by richholtzin on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 03:13:28 PM PDT

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