I always love being able to tell people that I work for the Utah Office of Tourism because I almost always get the same response, “How cool! I love Utah!”
No matter how many times I hear it, this expression serves as a great reminder for why I love my job. There are many perks to marketing such a beautiful state and at the top of that list is introducing media to the awe inspiring backdrops that I consider my backyard. Last October, I was lucky enough to join a crew of awesome women on a Ladies Getaway press trip to Southern Utah.
This was not your average weekend retreat. We took things to the next level with mountain biking in Moab, class five rafting on the Colorado River, four-wheeling through the San Rafael Swell, visiting out-of-this-world rock creatures in Goblin Valley State Park and hiking in Arches National Park.
The red rock towers, bridges and features of Arches National park were an absolute highlight of our Southern Utah adventure. I have not taken a visitor to the park who has not instantly fallen in love with this desert sanctuary. There is something truly magical about this space, something that puts your soul at ease and slows time. Delicate Arch, Arches National Park’s iconic feature, is one of my favorite hikes in the state.
On that memorable October day, with six of my new best girlfriends in tow, we ventured the 3 mile (round trip) hike to one of Mother Nature’s most spectacular marvels. As we round the last corner I ran ahead to capture the amazement as each woman rounds the corner. Their jaws drop, their eyes grow and smiles lift, moments like these are, to borrow our tag line, are truly Life Elevated. How did I get this lucky to land a job that allows me to share these memorable and elevating experiences with the world? I’m not sure, but I’m already looking forward to my next desert adventure with a new set of visiting journalists.