We headed out early in the morning driving through Cottonwood Canyon. Our destination was Donut Falls. It was an easy mile and half hike up the mountain and the weather was cool. We took our time, stopping to take pictures along the way. The trees were beautiful and we saw only a few other people. I had read that during the summer months the trail has traffic jams with so many people so I’m glad we were there in the fall.
We should have known there would be very little water at the falls due to the drought but it was still worth the hike. We didn’t feel like sloshing through the water to get to the cave that has the hole where the water comes through so no donut fall shots. We worked up an appetite and headed back to Park City for a late lunch.
A quick video of the wind blowing through the trees along the trail.
On our first day in Utah, we spent the afternoon at Antelope Island State Park. Then we headed over to Park City to spend a few days. It’s a quick ride from Salt Lake City and the driving through the mountain was pretty amazing.
We were staying in a hotel in Deer Valley and had to take a tram half way up the mountain from the parking area to our hotel. Great views of the fall leaves and bare ski slopes all around.
The hotel was very quiet and it felt like we had the entire place to ourselves.
The next morning we were wide awake very early so I took a walk around the hotel property and watched the sun come up over the mountain. I stopped to take a few pictures and a magpie landed right next to me.
We had dinner the night before in Park City and wandered up and down the main street, going into shops after eating.
The next afternoon after hiking all morning we walked around some more and had lunch.
The weather called for rain during our trip to Utah but we got lucky. We only saw rain on one day. The morning we went to Antelope Island, just after getting off the plane, was a perfect day even though it was a little warm and the bugs were more annoying than ones in Florida. The ride on the causeway out to the island was amazing. We pulled over several times.
Far across the lake I could see hundreds of avocets. Avocets are fairly rare in my area and I’ve only seen one. I was bummed they were so far away but the water levels were extremely low due to a long drought in Salt Lake City.
Across the island a coyote was running for the trees. He stopped for a brief second as if to say “Take a picture quick lady cause I’m outta here.”
The roads were lined with yellow flowers.
Stopping along the way to take pictures of the bison.
The horses were on a historic farm on the island. Even they were getting annoyed with the bugs.
We loved Antelope Island. Since it’s so close to Salt Lake City, we stopped by twice. The bugs were vicious and the birding was slow but the landscape was amazing.
We were leaving Florida in the early morning to head to Utah to catch some fall colors. This was my first trip to Utah. The plan was a few days in Salt Lake City and a few days in Park City, hiking and visiting parks.
Our first view of the mountains around Salt Lake City. The views from the plane were pretty amazing. All of these pictures were taken with my phone.
We flew over the Great Salt Lake which was in a record drought.
We touched down on time at 10am, jumped in our rental Jeep and hit the ground running. Five days of nature!
Our first stop in Salt Lake City was Antelope Island State Park. This was taken on the causeway out to the island. There’s a lake out there somewhere. I took a ton of pictures so I hope I don’t lose you with my vacation pictures to come.
Brett and I spent a week in Utah earlier this month for vacation. We spent several days in Park City hiking around the mountains and several days in Salt Lake City seeing the sights and visiting a few parks. It was our first visit to the state. Our plan was to go after the summer crowds were gone but before snow season started. Brett has been to Park City several times skiing but had not been when there was no snow on the ground. Since it was Park City’s slowest month, it felt like we had the whole town to ourselves and the best part was it was peak fall leaf season. Everywhere you looked you saw a blanket of yellow, orange, red and even pink. Our first morning we got out early and drove through Cottonwood Canyon to hike at Donut Falls. I kept making Brett stop to take pictures along the way and most of the ones below were taken through the windshield while we were moving.
Leaving Park City, you could see the outline of the ski slopes.