SOUTHERN UTAH, 2019

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We spent the first few weeks of June exploring Southern Utah. If there is a more beautiful place in the world, I don't believe it.

John Burton lent us his 2003 Nissan Xterra. It was fabulous; we were able to traverse all sorts of crazy roads. I never would have attempted driving on some of those roads without a sturdy vehicle. A gal that worked at a lodge we stayed at ended up driving up to SLC and buying the vehicle after our trip. I think she will be very happy with that truck! If I had a parking slab, I would have considered buying it myself!

We had a great trip, come along with us on our journey...


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SALT LAKE CITY (with Archie, formerly known as 'Pongo')


ARCHES NATIONAL PARK


We were very busy; there is a lot to see in Arches.


DINNER BREAK



THE HIKE TO DELICATE ARCH

The hike wasn't too strenuous, however, it was certainly more scary than I remember. The first time I hiked the trail I was young and foolish. I remember walking under the arch on that trip. Not this one! I hugged the rock wall on that last bit, geez, that's a long way down.



ONWARD TO CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK



CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK
UPHEAVAL DOME AND OTHER SIGHTS

THE HIKE ALONG THE EDGE WAS RATHER FRIGHTENING.



PETROGLYPHS AND THE DRIVE TO BLUFF



OVER THE MOUNTAINS TO BLUFF



SIGHTS AROUND BLUFF



GOOSENECKS



MONUMENT VALLEY (6/7/2019)



SIGHTS ON THE WAY BACK TO BLUFF - AND HANGING IN BLUFF (6/7/2019)

Bluff Fort is a must see; although the history is a little whitewashed, I'd say!



VALLEY OF THE GODS (6/8/2019)

Fabulous.



MOKI DUGWAY

The pictures do not do it justice; it was scary.

MOKI DUGWAY is on State Route 261; a state highway in San Juan County, Utah. It runs 34 miles (55 km) north, from the junction of U.S. Route 163 (3 miles (4.8 km) north of Mexican Hat), to the junction with State Route 95, just east of Natural Bridges National Monument.

The highway is part of the Utah section of the Trail of the Ancients, a National Scenic Byway. It includes steep switchbacks as it traverses the Moki Dugway."




SIGHTS ALONG THE WAY TO CAPITOL REEF


HICKMAN BRIDGE

SIGN ON THE WAY ***BACK*** FROM THE HIKE
THANKS FOR THE WARNING NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM!


TANKS (PONDS)



REST TIME



OVER THE MOUNTAINS



ANASAZI MUSEUM



THE MILLION DOLLAR ROAD



PETRIFIED FOREST



STOPS ALONG THE WAY



ON THE WAY TO BRYCE - BRYCE CANYON



WILLIS CREEK

Fabulous Slot Canyon



SIGHTS ALONG THE WAY



RED CANYON