There is so much to do in terms of day trips around SLC in the winter, especially if you like winter sports. This post has two suggestions for summer day trips.
The Antelope canyons are one of the most photographed. It rests on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona and is divided into two separate areas referred to as Upper Antelope Canyon, or “The Crack”, and Lower Antelope Canyon, or “The Corkscrew”.
The orange rocks spiral up in crazy formations and puts Bryce as a top contender for favorite National Park. Here you feel small and in awe of the Nature's beauty. For this this was the ultimate shabbatical stop.
Everywhere you look the park is "...dazzling with vermillion, orange, pink, and white—all scintillating in the burning sunlight with an intensity not comprehensible to those who have never had the good fortune to breathe this lambent air amidst the overwhelming profusion of color." – Frederick Dellenbaugh (one of the first American painters of Zion National Park).
While not as large as the Great Sand Dunes National Park we had visited on Saturday, the pink sand and mountains surrounding the dunes we found to be much more majestic and having the place to ourselves was truly incredible.
While the first part of it is uphill, Horseshoe Bend hike is a relatively easy loop. We saw hikers of all ages and physical fitness. If you travel in the summer do bring water and a head covering to protect against the sun. There was an extreme heat warning in place when we arrived with temps over 100.
It's an awe inspiring drive as you approach the enormous Sand Dunes as far as the eye can see surrounded by several 14,000 foot mountain ranges. These are the highest Sand Dunes in North America and definitely earn their spot on the Colorado Bucket List!