Lake Powell: The Perfect Weekend Getaway

The winter doldrums of Wyoming had my boyfriend Kyle and me in a slump. Early April is spring everywhere else, so we were thrilled to head south to the border of Utah and Arizona for a weekend trip. Stepping out of the car into the sunshine made us forget about the foot and a half of snow that still buried our garden, and the view of Lake Powell at sunset was enough to reset our spirits. Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas was the perfect spring respite. With the ideal mix of adventure and relaxation, Lake Powell made us forget all about our wintry woes.

This story was created in partnership with Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas.

Welcome to Your Insta-Worthy Home Away from Home

When we arrived at the Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas Wahweap Campground, we checked in, and within minutes were standing outside an Airstream—the ultimate way to camp. The Airstream had all the fun amenities of camping, like a fire pit, grill, picnic table, and chairs, while still giving us a clean and comfortable space to hang out in. We were, to say the least, pretty dang excited.

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As the evening light came over the campground, we reluctantly left our Airstream to head over to the main resort area for dinner. The light was so gorgeous, I couldn’t help but take tons of photos!

The resort has several dining choices. We opted for the Driftwood Lounge, a cool and modern bar connected to the Rainbow Room, the lodge’s main restaurant. With a full panel wall of glass that afforded us epic views of the lake, we enjoyed some wine and a nice dinner after such a long drive. The menu featured a fall vegetable and quinoa salad paired with a Sauvignon Blanc, which was a delicious and fresh alternative to the fast food we’d endured that afternoon. We watched the sun set and took in the beautiful views.

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The restaurants open up onto a patio with spectacular views of the lake. With a pool, comfy outdoor couches, and fire pits, it makes for the perfect spot to wind down the evening. We walked around, enjoyed the views, and got excited for our plans for the upcoming weekend.

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Breakfast with a View

The next morning, we woke up excited to start our day. We headed to the Rainbow Room for a breakfast buffet, with a side of gorgeous sunrise. The views from the dining room had us itching to get out onto the lake, but the smell of bacon gave us a reason to take our time.

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Touring Antelope Canyon

After breakfast, we were finally ready to get out onto the water. We checked in at the Boat Tours desk in the lodge’s lobby, settled in with a Starbucks coffee from the Wind Tapas Bar, and adjusted our camera settings. When our guide called us up, we walked down to the marina and checked out the boats. When the captain had everyone loaded up, we were ready to go!

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The walls of Antelope Canyon soared above us as we coasted on the water. The colors had my mind turning to art projects, and a potential remodel in the color scheme of desert-red rock walls and blue sky. The Canyon Adventures Tour is a great way to view the canyon from a whole new perspective and learn a little history about the area and dam system.

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Hike to the Hanging Gardens

After some time on the water, I wanted to get back into the desert proper. The Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas website was super helpful for giving us some ideas about where to go for a day hike. They give you the option to sort arrival to the trailhead by land or by boat, making it easy to plan ahead for boating outings as well. The Hanging Gardens is a quick and easy hike to a beautiful and cool desert oasis. Desert flowers dotted the path, and at the end, a cliff overhang where vegetation could make a home in the desert heat. It was a beautiful and peaceful way to end the afternoon.

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Rent a Powerboat, Trust Us

This was definitely Kyle’s favorite part of the trip. The staff at the marina had us set up in no time, and soon we were zooming around the lake. Since we were there in early April (still considered an off-season time), we were the only people on the lake. We had the whole place to ourselves! We enjoyed the views of Castle Rock and made some future plans involving a houseboat.

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Hike to Horseshoe Bend

We’ve all seen the epic pictures on Instagram and Pinterest, but people, let me tell you. It is totally different in person. The vastness of Horseshoe Bend canyon is difficult to put into words or a photograph. You’ll just have to go experience it for yourselves. Pro-tip: look up what time either sunrise or sunset is, and plan to be there just before, then you’ll be guaranteed to show up for the best light.

Lake Powell: From Adventure to Relaxation

Balance is what life is all about, right? That’s what we loved so much about our stay at Lake Powell. We had the excitement of hiking and boating, and then the balance of relaxation. Drinking coffee and reading in the Airstream gave us the opportunity to soak in our trip and enjoy some down time.

Our stay at Lake Powell had a little bit of everything, but it had a lot of convenience. With a campground and store, high-end dining, and marinas all in such close proximity, we didn’t have to do any planning ahead of time. As a major planner myself, it was an added bonus to have every detail thoughtfully taken care of before we arrived. The ease of staying at the resort allowed us to give our minds a break, and just enjoy. We barely scratched the surface of what there is to do at Lake Powell: slot canyons, houseboating, Rainbow Bridge. We were planning our next visit before we even left. The sunsets weren’t too bad either.

Interested in visiting? Check out Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas website to learn more.

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5 Spots to Go Fishing in National Parks You Wouldn’t Expect

Have you always wanted to go fishing in national parks? Going fishing in Yellowstone surrounded by wildlife, or fishing in Yosemite, with Half Dome as your back drop sound like the ideal way to experience the parks.

The national parks system has a huge variety of rivers, lakes, and streams—meaning there are plenty of opportunities to throw in a line during your next vacation. Finding good fishing in national parks can be a challenge, especially with the widespread increase in outdoor recreation. This summer, try exploring these five gems not typically known for their fishing.

Rules and Regulations for Fishing in National Parks

Make sure to research the fishing regulations of the places you intend to visit, and confirm whether or not you will need a state license, fishing permit, boat permit, stamps, or something else entirely before you begin, as laws vary greatly by location. Some parks may even impose limits on how many fish a single angler can catch in one day, as dwindling fish populations in recent years have encouraged more stringent measures. The National Parks Service is a great resource for any of

Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

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Photo by Ricardo Braham

Dry Tortugas National Park was originally named for the turtles discovered there by Ponce de Leon on his exploration to the “new” world. Today, Dry Tortugas National Park teems with marine life and opportunities to reel in your next big catch. Grab a boat permit and a Florida Saltwater Fishing License before heading out onto the water, and avoid the Research Natural Area where fishing is not allowed.

Fishing in Yosemite National Park, California

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While Yosemite is better known these days for its iconic climbing, you can fish in the park’s lakes and reservoirs year-round. Those massive stony backdrops provide the perfect spot for some excellent rainbow and brown trout fishing. The streams and rivers are only open from April through mid-November. You’ll need a fishing license from the state of California if you are over 16. Catch and release fishing is most common here, and there are seasonal limitations to how many fish you can take home with you. Yosemite does not allow bait fishing.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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Photo by Hunter Brumels

For first-rate fishing in a national park, visit America’s first park. Cast your line in one of its sparkling rivers and the trout will practically falling onto your line. Fishing in Yellowstone is not only scenic, but affords opportunities to see other wildlife as well. Keep in mind that there are limits on the kind and number of fish you can decide to hold onto each day, and barbed hooks are not allowed. Don’t forget your bear spray!

Little Piney Creek Blue Ribbon Area, Missouri

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Photo by Greysen Johnson

While not technically a national park, blue ribbon fisheries are those areas designated as being the best of the best. At Little Piney Creek, you’ll find an abundance of trout some of the most beautiful, wooded fishing areas around. Montana, Utah, and Michigan also have blue-ribbon fisheries.

Lake Powell, Utah and Arizona

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For an iconic experience nestled in magnificent red desert rocks, take a trip to Lake Powell in Utah and Arizona. Explore the lengthy coastline to find your next catch, or rent a boat from their marina.

If you still need help deciding on the perfect location for your American fishing trip, contact our national park experts with any questions. Get ready to fish the day away!

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