Our blog is to keep family and friends informed of our motorhome journeys.
We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Canyonlands NP

30 June 2015

An early morning start to the Canyonlands, Utah's largest NP consisting of canyons, buttes, mesas,arches and spires. We visited the Island in the Sky part of the park as this is the best for driving. In order to visit the south part Needles area you must drive 70 miles south of Moab and there is a visitor center. Most of the viewing area is by trail hiking or 4-wheel driving.Most of the arches lie hidden in the back country canyons.

Island in the Sky Visitor Center

Green River Overlook

Another View

My Honey

Grand View Overlook

Grand View Overlook

Another View

And Another View

Top of Grand View Overlook

Shafer Overlook

John Hiked to Overlook

4-Wheel Road

Shafer Overlook

Navajo Sandstone

Monitor & Merrimac Buttes

The Maze part of the canyon is the most remote and inaccessible by car. The Green River is to the west of the canyon and the Colorado to the east. The confluence overlook is by by trail or 4-wheel.

Take plenty of liquids and some food as there are no eating facilities in the park.

Feel Arches is more spectacular;however, if you have the time you should visit both parks.

The day was hot and hazy so photos are not the best, but enjoy anyway.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Colorado National Monument

27 June 2015

We finally got back around 5PM for our tour of the Colorado National Monument. Suggest you enter through the West Entrance as this is closest to Visitor Center. As we started our drive, every stop kept getting better and better. Between us we took over 200 pictures so it has been a tough decision trying to choose the best for my blog. You should allow at least 2 hours for the driving tour with around a dozen viewpoint stops and ending up at the East entrance.

West Entrance

Visitor Center

The Rim Rock Drive takes you to the highest point of 6640 ft from 4690 ft at the West Entrance. There are many hiking trails ranging from 0.25 to 8.5 miles. As for us, we enjoy just the short walks to the different viewpoints. Did I mention the temperature was 100 even at this hour. The Rim Rock drive is 23 miles offering breathtaking views of the Valley, to the high country and winding along the plateau rim. At the foot of the canyon sits the town of Fruita.

I won't attempt to name each photo..just enjoy them.

If we had another day, we would like to take the drive in the morning.

Tomorrow we go to Moab UT,a short 2 hour drive.