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| p.1 #6 · Roadtrip to the Southwest... what not to miss? |
If you've never been to Jackalope Canyon, it's arguably worth the drive. To avoid the worst of the Cattle Drive, I'd suggest you visit the 'lower' section. http://www.lowerantelope.com/ Get the two hour pass that allows you to wander w/o an otherwise mandatory guide. When you reach the climb-out ladder, reverse course and work your way back up. The light will have changed significantly....
Buckskin Gulch is just down the road from Page and makes a fantastic 1/2 day photohike.
Also near Page is Horseshoe Bend. Best by sunrise or sunset. (Don't do what most others do and visit after your Jackalope tour, during the harsh mid-day light -Yuk!) If you have time, stroll along one rim or the other to flee the tripod holes and crowds.
Jackalope is far from the only pretty canyon. Research some of http://www.americansouthwest.net/slot_canyons/map.html
In general, there are gazillions of pretty places to visit. The more locations you scout out, the less driving required to reach the next one (and, naturally, the more you'll see!) 7 days is a respectable tour, but is at the same time laughably insufficient. Don't try to 'hit' some bucket list filled with widely separated destinations. Suggest you spend some time with Google Earth or Maps, with the photos layer enabled so you can see what's what.
The Utah State Parks are superb, offering clean campgrounds, showers, etc.
Other than that, you can pitch a tent on most of the BLM or NFS land, usually for free.
Highway 24/12 between GoblinValley and Bryce is superb.
As is 95 between Hanksville and Valley of the Gods.
Burr Trail Road, east of Boulder. If road conditions allow, continue on to Notom Rd and Capitol Reef.
Cottonwood Canyon, Skutumpah, and Hole in the Rock roads all lead to fantastic scenery. All are dirt and all turn to owl poo when significantly wet. Keep an eye on http://www.usa-reporter.com/reporter/GSENM-Road-Condition-Report.pdf
GSENM has more stuff than you could see in a hundred trips. Start here