There’s a new magazine that recently hit the stands called “Pilot Journal”. It has an article about touring the Southwest in a light plane.
Hurricane airport in Utah (http://www.airnav.com/airport/1L8) is a short drive from Zion National Park. The Zion Lodge is a great place to stay, and there’s plenty of other lodging in Springdale just outside the park.
There’s an airport right at the edge of Canyonlands park, called Needles Outpost. It’s a dirt strip, 4500’ long at 5000’ elevation. There’s a little store/cafe there, and I believe they’ll let you camp with your plane, but it’s just a couple of miles walk to the park campgrounds and trailheads. (http://www.airnav.com/airport/UT59.)
I’m planning on taking 7654T and my girlfriend on a tour of the natural wonders of the Southwest in a couple weeks. We’ve got a long weekend, three days and two nights. I’m based in Santa Monica. Would any of you have some advice you’d be willing to share on special places to spend the night? Are there things that look particularly fine from the air aside from the Grand Canyon?