Friday morning I trained a few of my clients and left Phoenix around 8:00am. From there I made great timing heading up North past Flagstaff and across the Navajo Reservation. Traffic was pretty light and five hours later I crossed the border into Utah, making my first stop at the famous Monument Valley. These iconic formations are the backdrop to just about every Western print or movie and considered to be one of the most photographed places in the West. The crowds kept me from staying longer. That, and the eagerness to find a place to crash for the night near Moab made me keep rolling. I stopped at the visitor's center in Blanding looking for maps and some information about the area. The lady on staff was a tremendous help and guided me towards a nice campground in the La Sal mountains. She forgot to mention it was at 8,500ft and snow fell a couple times that evening. I didn't waste any time in the morning waking up to sub-freezing temps. I packed up quickly, blasted the heat in the car and drove to Arches National Park.
|Double O Arch|
Immediately following my visit to Arches, I drove out to Canyonlands National Park. I really didn't know what to expect. How could you possibly top the last one? How about converging two canyons, each having their own river, with about the same land mass as the Grand Canyon? Add that with unique geologic formations and an endless array of colors as far as the eye can see and you have Canyonlands. I'm really disappointed I didn't allow enough time to stay longer and explore the depths. The will certainly be a "next time."
|Grand View Point Overlook - Canyonlands NP|
|Mesa Arch - Canyonlands NP|
|Spruce Tree House|
|Four Corners Monument - Final stop on the trip.|