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Zion National Park Accommodations, Hotels, Vacation Rentals & Lodging

See all of my Jeep gear: https://kit.co/jksouthwest

JK southwest heads to Utah to explore the Smithsonian Butte in the Jeep!

The Smithsonian Butte Backcountry Byway is only 9 miles long but figure on taking an hour to drive it as it is a narrow and windy route.

The Backcountry Byway is just south of Zion National Park, running between the towns of Rockville and Big Plain Junction. This area is composed of the same landforms that make up the wonders of Zion, they just see a lot less people. A side road just out of Rockville leads to the historical ghost town at Grafton, a site often used by the Hollywood types as a frontier movie set. John Wesley Powell traveled through this area in the late 1800’s. It was he who named Smithsonian Butte, primarily because of its impressive stature and coloring.

The route crosses the Virgin River just outside of Rockville and then crosses Horse Valley Wash before starting to wind its way up the hill above the valley. Then as you cross Wire Mesa, you’ll come to the road junction that leads north to Grafton. Staying on the Byway, you’ll soon be working your way around the foot of Smithsonian Butte before descending onto Big Plain and making the straight run to Big Plain Junction. Along the route you’ll be catching some excellent views of Zion Canyon, the Vermilion Cliffs and Canaan Mountain Wilderness.

Camera gear:
Dji Osmo Action – https://amzn.to/36xHx4F
Dji Mavic Air – https://amzn.to/35hzbOd
Sony AX-33 – https://amzn.to/35gbwxI
Home iSteady Pro 2 – https://amzn.to/2YGTBO3
Manfrotto Pixi – https://amzn.to/2PDBJj7
Manfrotto 005 xpro3 – https://amzn.to/2PR45qr

Electronics:
Garmin inReach mini – https://amzn.to/2PHXTRe
Cobra 75 wx st – https://amzn.to/2qHav2y
CB overhead mount – https://amzn.to/2PeJc9l
CB grab bar mount – https://amzn.to/2LNKNRA
Firestick antenna – https://amzn.to/36umQGO
Baofeng UV5r – https://amzn.to/2E9B2Zz

Interior accessories:
Grab bars – https://amzn.to/2Eadp31
Passenger grab bar storage – https://amzn.to/2E7C8VM
Center console organizer – https://amzn.to/38uUb69
Rear seat recline kit – https://amzn.to/2RRmyWt
Extinguisher mount – https://amzn.to/2smJ5zq
First aid kit – https://amzn.to/2RIMe7l
Jeep dead pedal – https://amzn.to/2RLfudV
Bestop underseat storage – B01M7N3J4T
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Zion National Park Accommodations, Hotels, Vacation Rentals & Lodging

Awesome aerial shots of the Monument Valley, a tribal park located on the border of Utah and Arizona – #Monument #Valley #Navajo #Tribal Park, a Navajo Nation equivalent to a national park. #Oljato, for example, is also within the area designated as Monument Valley.

Visitors may pay an access fee and drive through the park on a 17-mile (27 km) dirt road (a 2-3 hour trip).

Filmed by #8KNext in 4K UltraHD
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Zion National Park Accommodations, Hotels, Vacation Rentals & Lodging

January 2012 run on Barracks Trail from Coral Pink Sand Dunes to Mt. Carmel Junction. 2005 Jeep Liberty KJ and 2008 Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited.
Here is a link http://www.lostjeeps.com/forum/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=61556 to the lostjeeps forum that shows details of the Liberty build.
Here’s another video of the trail on 1/21/2013. I also had the Liberty on this trip, but refused to subject it to this punishment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRTms3nUhFA
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