Chris Autio , Mar 10, 2009; 09:04 p.m.
Most all of it is appealing, dry, quiet, meditative. I haven't been to Monument, but I hear it is packed with people and RVs. Even Zion, you can scramble up into areas way away from people. But the other places you won't see a soul. Plan on a backpack with a couple lenses, topo map, polarizer, tripod, battery, gallon or more of water if you're really heading out to nowhere. Plan on carrying at least 30 pounds. You may be walking a lot on sand, which can freeze up your calves the next day. I prefer rock. Strap on your bike. Ideal time of year, just go!