Part VI | Arizona
After staying the night in Southern Utah we woke up early, grabbed some amazing coffee at a local drive through spot, and hit the road South heading towards Arizona.
For as long as I can remember Horseshoe Bend has been on my bucket list. I've always seen so many amazing images through social media and on TV and had always wanted to experience it for myself.
On our adventure our goal was to hit as many National Parks and monuments as we could, and luckily on our way out of Southern Utah and to the Grand Canyon we were able to make a quick pit stop!
Horseshoe Bend did.not.disappoint. This place was magical. It makes you realize how large the world is, and how small we really are. The magnitude of these places really shakes me to the core, and I love it.
What I didn't know was that you have to take a short stroll down to Horseshoe Bend. You park at the bottom of a hill and have to walk probably half a mile to the Bend. I got halfway to the Bend and wished I had brought my jacket- so now we all know for next time to plan for a hike down :)
While we were at Horseshoe Bend we heard some people talking that had just come from the Grand Canyon. They had mentioned that the park rangers at the Park were getting people out and warning people about being stuck in the park if they stayed due to a large snow storm coming in. Pat and I hustled back to the car and checked the weather again to realize that there was no way we'd be able to make it to the park by the time the snow hit.
During the winter months you can only get into the Grand Canyon from the South Entrance due to safety precautions with weather. Being three hours away, and seeing that they had already shut down the West and East Entrances we were worried about driving three hours South to have the gates at the Southern Entrance being closed, and not being able to even see the Grand Canyon due to a lack of visibility from the snowfall.
Ultimately, we made the decisions to just head home instead of risking driving out of the way to not even be able to see the Grand Canyon. We were so sad but at the point in the trip we were so ready to also be home in our own bed, with clean clothes, and some sort of schedule. Plus, we figured it was just another excuse to head back West soon :)
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