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There are a lot of American National Parks in USWest that are very beautiful, especial the Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon National Park, the Antelope Canyon, the Yosemite... A slot is a narrow passageway through cliff lined canyons. When you are in a narrow canyon, there is no place to escape.

We visited The Grand Canyon National Park and Glen Canyon Dam which created Lake Powell last month. Lake Powell has 2000 miles of shoreline and canyons etc. As you look for boat rentals, you need to decide if you want to rent at the marina where the boat is in another rental or the water where you may have to tow or arrange for the boat to be launched.

Grand Canyon National Park

The Valley of Fire State Park is up this way and located only six miles from Lake Mead, it's 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 and on exit 75. Valley of Fire is Nevada's oldest and largest state park, dedicated 1935. It's about a 30 minute drive from the highway exit.

Heading north there is another great little casino city right at the border of Nevada called Mesquite, NV. If you are planning a visit to Zion, staying here is an easy drive up and back for a couple of day trips into the region. Many times I have gone with a group and we have to reserve quite a few rooms.

One of the first things I do as I'm leaving town is to find a big grocery store or the local shopping mart. I buy a cooler and load up on water, fruit, soda, chips, snacks, napkins, deli, plates and forks items.

Heading south on Utah highway 89 from either Zion or Bryce you'll see a turn off for Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. One popular visit in the area is the Paria and Johnson Canyon Movie Set where over 300 movies and TV shows were filmed.

Maybe this is where all the UFO Area 51 stuff comes from. If you're interested in more information about the mystery lights in the sky, search for Groom Lake or Area 51.

Grand Canyon

If you continue north into Utah on highway I 15 from Las Vegas you can go to Zion National Park. You could head to Bryce Canyon Nation Park or you could go to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Lake Powell, even The Grand Canyon. I normally take Utah highway 89 if I am going to Lake Powell and on the return just to see even more scenery I return towards Las Vegas using Arizona ALT highway 89.

I like to return back towards Las Vegas using AZ alt 89 out of Page, AZ. Be sure you make the turn on alt 89 or you will continue south towards Flagstaff, AZ. As you continue on highway alt 89 you'll get to Jacobs Lake, this is the turn off if you are interested in visiting the North Rim of The Grand Canyon.

You'll find that all tours require a Navajo guide and there is an upper and lower canyon. It is an amazing slot canyon carved by water and wind over millions of years. When the sun is directly over head, beams of light can then shine into the canyon.

You could head to Bryce Canyon Nation Park or you could go to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Lake Powell, even The Grand Canyon. One popular visit in the area is the Paria and Johnson Canyon Movie Set where over 300 movies and TV shows were filmed.

Lake Powell has 2000 miles of shoreline and canyons etc. It is an amazing slot canyon carved by water and wind over millions of years. As you continue on highway alt 89 you'll get to Jacobs Lake, this is the turn off if you are interested in visiting the North Rim of The Grand Canyon.