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Old 01-28-2014, 02:47 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Hi all - thinking of heading out that way for the summer for a week or so. I figure we'd fly into SLC. If given the choice, where would you visit (after spending a day or two in the immediate SLC vicinity) - Yellowstone area (make a loop from UT -> ID -> MT -> WY -> UT) or Arches (with 2 16 yr old boys)? And why?

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Old 01-28-2014, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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Hi all - thinking of heading out that way for the summer for a week or so. I figure we'd fly into SLC. If given the choice, where would you visit (after spending a day or two in the immediate SLC vicinity) - Yellowstone area (make a loop from UT -> ID -> MT -> WY -> UT) or Arches (with 2 16 yr old boys)? And why?

TIA!
I'd personally do the Bryce/Zion to Arches loop. Yellowstone's intriguing, but IMO, it can't compare with those three Southern Utah National Parks. I would think that 16-year old boys would agree. I just think there's so much more for them to do in the Utah parks. Yellowstone has always seemed to me to be the kind of place you just stand and look at (except in the winter, when there's a lot to do in the way of snowmobiling, etc.) I can't imagine 16-year-old boys not really, really enjoying a white-water river rafting trip down by Arches or a guided Hummer ride up over the amazing slickrock in the area. And in Zion, hiking through the Zion Narrows or up to the top of Angel's Landing!
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:33 PM
 
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I agree! I would do Arches over Yellowstone any day of the week, ESPECIALLY with 16 year old boys!
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Old 01-29-2014, 12:47 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Thank you both! Katzpur - apparently I gave you a rep recently so can't give it again right now, but appreciate the time!
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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Thank you both! Katzpur - apparently I gave you a rep recently so can't give it again right now, but appreciate the time!
You're very welcome. By the way, if you do decide to go to Arches, get online early and register to go on a Fiery Furnace hike. Almost all of the hikes in Arches are do-it-yourself kind of things, but you can't go into the Fiery Furnace alone. You would simply get lost and they'd have to send people out looking for you (which they don't like!).



It's a fantastic hike and I believe there are two of them every day. They fill up quickly, though. A half-day trip on Westwater is also a blast. There are several class 3+ and 4+ rapids on the trip. Trust me, you'll never forget it.
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