Outside Together with Discover Escapes

This month in our ‘Outside Together’ series, joining us are Ryan and Becky, also known as @discoverescapes and @beckyvandijk on Instagram.

We’re so excited to share more about their Under Canvas Zion and Lake Powell – Grand Staircase getaway! Read on:

Tell us what #OutsideTogether means to you.

To us, #OutsideTogether encapsulates the essence of reconnecting not just with nature, but also with one another. In our fast-paced digital age, it’s so easy to become detached from the world around us engrossed in our devices. Our stay at Under Canvas was a refreshing reminder to be truly present in the moment.

Being “outside” isn’t just about being out in the open, but about embracing the raw, unfiltered beauty of the world around us. It’s about slowing down to hear the sounds of nature and watching the stars without the interference of city lights. It’s about challenging ourselves to step out of our comfort zones, switch off our devices, and experience the world in its most authentic form.

“Together”, on the other hand, signifies shared experiences. It’s about making memories with loved ones and forging bonds with new friends over campfires. Under Canvas provides this space to connect with others without the usual interruptions of our busy lives.

What was your favorite part about Under Canvas Zion and Lake Powell – Grand Staircase?

At Under Canvas Zion, the shared outdoor community space was a highlight for us. It fostered a sense of togetherness and provided the perfect platform for bonding with other campers. But what made Zion truly unforgettable was our tent, tent 66. It was perfectly positioned to offer an unobstructed and panoramic view of the breathtaking Zion landscape. Watching the sunset together with a glass of wine in hand was nothing short of magical!

Hiking Angels Landing in Zion National Park

Over at Under Canvas Lake Powell, it was the pastel sunset on our first evening that stole our hearts. The sky transformed into a canvas of soft pinks, purples, and oranges providing the most stunning backdrop to the camp, and it felt like Utah was putting on a show just for us! The on-site hike to Elephant Slot Canyon also added an adventurous element to our stay.

Hiking lower antelope canyon

Lower Antelope Canyon

Both these experiences, though different, made our stay at these Under Canvas locations incredibly special and memorable.

Any must-sees/must-dos in the area?

Yes, so many it’s hard to narrow them down!

A quintessential Zion experience is hiking The Narrows and it should not be missed! This hike in the Virgin River wedged between towering sandstone walls, is challenging but unique to any other hike. The further you go, the narrower and more impressive the canyon becomes. The hike can be tailored to various lengths, and whether you venture just a bit into the canyon or tackle the full length it is worth adding to your itinerary.

Hiking the Narrows in Zion National park

Hiking the Narrows

A second must-do in Zion is Angels Landing. This hike is by no means for the faint of heart, but this trail offers one of the most iconic views of Zion Canyon. The path involves steep switchbacks, a narrow ridge, and chains to assist hikers on the final ascent. Reaching the top feels like a huge accomplishment, and here you are rewarded with panoramic vistas over Zion.

From Lake Powell, you can visit the famous Horseshoe Bend which is a relatively short hike from the parking lot to the viewpoint where the Colorado River makes a dramatic U-shaped bend. Early morning or late afternoon is the best time to visit.

Another must-do is Antelope Canyon. This slot canyon is a photographer’s dream, light filters down into the narrow passageways creating a range of colors – from deep oranges and purples to vibrant reds and golds. The guided tours help visitors understand the canyon’s geology and its cultural significance to the Navajo people.

Hiking or yoga? Sunrise or sunset?

A few years ago we would have said yoga, and laughed at anyone who suggested our answer would be hiking – but today hiking! Over the past few years, we have prioritized trips to outdoor destinations where the majority of our itinerary is hiking.

Sunrise for sure, we hate the early alarm but it’s so worth it to see the sun rise over the mountains, and it means you can jump onto a hiking trail before it’s too crowded!

Top 3 things to pack for a stay with Under Canvas?

  1. Something warm to wear fireside, you will be outside toasting marshmallows at some point during your stay!
  2. A book or a journal, sitting on your private deck is the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy a good read or write in your daily journal
  3. Your hiking gear because every Under Canvas is located close to some of the USA’s best hiking locations!
  4. For everything else you need Under Canvas will have you covered!

Under Canvas Tent at Lake Powell

Sunset At Lake Powell

Which Under Canvas location would you choose next and why?

We just booked our flights for a road trip to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks next June so we would have to say the Yellowstone camps and Glacier are next on our list! North Yellowstone looks incredible as it is positioned on the river which would be a unique and different way to experience Under Canvas!


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