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Digital Nomading Through Utah’s 5 National Parks in 7 Days with Wild We Wander

From all of us at EcoFlow, we’re excited to introduce you to Ariele and Justin Champion of Wild We Wander. Ariele and Justin are master digital nomads. They bring everything with them out there on the road – including, of course, RIVER for portable power – and thrive off of the energy and inspiration of being in a different, beautiful place every day. Check out their journey through Utah’s 5 national parks below!

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We are Ariele and Justin Champion of Wild We Wander. Our purpose is to educate and inspire people to live an alternative lifestyle. For us that’s being digital nomadsA person who works remotely using a computer and a wireless connection and who is therefore able to travel and roam, providing value from anywhere. Over the past two years, we’ve:

  • Traveled 40,000+ miles
  • Visited 25 national parks
  • Worked full time along the way

Want a glimpse into our lifestyle? Watch our documentary below.

 

 

Recently, we traveled through Southern Utah’s five national parks in one week. Powered by our 60W foldable PowerFilm solar panel, which charges our RIVER portable power station, which in turn operates our weBoost Drive 4G-X, we were able to work along the way.

 

Considering a trip to southern Utah? Kickstart your planning by reading our journey through Utah’s five national parks.

Zion National Park

Overview of national park: Stepping into Zion is like exploring another planet. Huge rock faces and hills show layers upon layers of minerals in sweeping designs, giving you a glimpse into the magnificent history of this part of the earth.

Recommendations:

  • Hike The Narrows. Through slot canyons, mainly hiking through water, you will want to hit up one of the local outfitters to rent gear for this hike.
  • Take the free shuttle to tour the canyon. Often the only way to get around the park, you can hop on and off the shuttle to various sites and hikes.
  • Hike Angel’s Landing. Angel’s Landing is said to have received its name by Frederick Fisher, when exploring Zion with friends in 1916 exclaimed, “Only an angel could land on it!” Incredible views of the park, but not for those who have trouble overcoming a fear of heights.
  • Drive the Zion – Mount Carmel Highway during sunset. Get out of your car near the top to go sit out on a rock and take in the silence.

Where we camped: Zion Canyon Campground and RV Resort. It was very hot in July, so we stayed at a campground to be able to use our air conditioning.

Cell reception? Yes, we had at least two bars of Verizon with our weBoost turned on.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Overview of national park: Though it’s difficult to pick a favorite out of all the national parks because they are all unique, Bryce is our top pick in Utah. You can explore the hoodoos (unique rock pillar formations) from beautiful vantage points along the canyon rim and walk down into the canyon to explore them up close.

Recommendations:

  • Enjoy a sunrise at Sunset Point. Yes, yes, there is also Sunrise Point, but Sunset Point also faces east, is equally as beautiful, and there will be less of a crowd.
  • Hike along the Rim Trail. This trail is 0.5 to 5.5 miles long so you can choose the length of your adventure. We recommend checking out Bryce Point, as there’s a beautiful overlook.
  • Hike the Navajo Loop Trail. The hoodoos are quite a site to see, and this trail allows you walk amongst them.

Where we camped: There’s a lot of dispersed camping just outside the park in the Dixie National Forest and a gas station (Sinclair) with a dump station and potable water. Also, the elevation is higher in Bryce Canyon, so the weather was great for boondocking.

Cell reception? Yes. We had at least two bars of Verizon without our weBoost turned on.

Capitol Reef National Park

Overview of national park: Did you know we have a National Orchard as one of our national parks? You can pick and eat ripe fruit for free in the town of Fruita, part of Capitol Reef National Park. Another major part of this park is the ancient petroglyphs and pictogrpahs that can be found etched into the canyon walls.

Recommendations:

  • Hike the Capitol Gorge and enjoy the pictographs. You’ll want a vehicle with high clearance to get to this trail as it’s down a bumpy dirt road.
  • Visit the nations only national orchard. The fruit from the trees is free for all. The best time to enjoy is during the fall.
  • Hike the Hickman Bridge Trail. The natural bridge will help foreshadow what’s to come in Arches National Park.

Where we camped: There is dispersed camping on BLM land a short drive from the park. This was our favorite spot to camp because we were surrounded by other-worldly red dirt and rock formations.

Cell reception? We weren’t able to get great cell reception at our camp spot (enough to send texts), but you can access it a short ride away in town.

Canyonlands National Park

Overview of national park: This is a big park which is divided into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the combined rivers—the Green and Colorado—which carved two large canyons into the Colorado Plateau. You’ll want to give yourself time to explore this park.

Recommendations:

  • If you have a four wheel drive vehicle, drive the 100-mile White Rim Road over two days.
  • Hike the Grand View Trail. This will give you a great scenic overlook to the various districts this park has to offer.
  • Hike to the Mesa Arch. It’s a relatively easy hike, and it offers great views with another structure that’s Arches-esque.
  • Visit the Needles district. It’s about a two-hour drive from the Island in the Sky Visitor Center. It offers beautiful rock formations and long vistas.

Where we camped: We camped at Goose Island Campground in Moab. It’s along the Colorado River and was only $15/ night.

Cell reception? Yes, we had at least two bars of Verizon with our weBoost turned on.

Arches National Park

Overview of national park: We stayed in Moab for a few days and visited both Canyonlands and Arches while staying central at one campground. There are over 2,000 arches in this national park, with more being formed all the time! You’ll want to watch the video in the visitor center on how the arches form and decay.

Recommendations:

  • The scenic drives through this park are amazing. If you only have a couple hours, drive to the Windows Section where you can check out some of the park’s largest arches, or drive to the Delicate Arch viewpoint and see Utah’s most famous arch from a distance. If you have time, though, start in the early morning and hike to the Delicate Arch. It’s a few miles without much shade.
  • Hike to the Double Arch. This was our favorite formation in the park. If it’s not too busy, you can climb up to one of the arches, though you’ll want shoes with good tread.
  • Visit the Landscape Arch. At 300 feet, it’s the second-longest span in the world.

Where we camped: We camped at Goose Island Campground in Moab. It’s along the Colorado River and was only $15/ night.

Cell reception? Yes, we had at least two bars of Verizon with our weBoost turned on.

Want to start your digital nomad transformation? Our guide, Becoming a Digital Nomad: A Step-by-Step Guide to Living and Working from the Road, contains more detailed content and practical homework assignments that will have you living the digital nomad life as soon as you can! <alt="digital nomad">Off to more national parks. Until next time… ramble on!