We made it to Utah on July 28, 2017. It was an uneventful drive to Moab. Of course it was filled with amazing scenery.
We never get tired of seeing the crazy rock formations and the changing terrain.
We stayed at the OK RV Park just south of Moab. The park has over 63 sites, a mix of RV and tents along with cabins. It is well kept up.
There is so much to do in this area so our days were packed. First up we hiked to the Faux Falls at Ken's Lake. They are actual falls but were named this because they were created when water was diverted this way to reach Ken's Lake.
The hike was fairly easy, mostly along the river bed and in and out of shade with not to much change in elevation but enough to give you some nice views.
It was in the 90's so a bit hot and we welcomed any shade we came across.
You can see the falls off in the distance as you hike towards them. You pass a number of small rapids in the creek and a smaller water fall.
We found a few new friends along the way. Apparently someone had a little snack at the base of the small falls, or there are some clawed creatures in this creek.
Nancy and Mielikki climbed to the top of the falls while Les waited for them at the bottom.
After the hike we went to Wilson's Arch. Of course Nancy was excited to come here! It is named after Joe Wilson, (no relation) a local pioneer who had a cabin close by.
Just down the road is the Hole N the Rock. It is a unique spot. There are three gift shops and lots of artifacts and art sculptures on the grounds.
Originally it was the 5000 sq. foot home of Albert and Gladys Christensen. It started as a small alcove for the young Christensen boys to sleep in at night and grew into the engineering marvel that it is. It was a 20-year process. There is a fireplace with a 65-foot chimney and 14 rooms arranged around huge pillars. The original furnishings are still is place along with some of the tools used to create the home. Albert carved a sculpture of Franklin D. Roosevelt on the face of the rock.
Albert passed away in 1957, before the project was completed. Gladys continued his dream and opened a gift shop and held tours until she passed in 1974. Both are laid to rest in a small alcove next to the home.
|Top Right is the mannequin |
used in the car in Thelma and Louise
Many movies were filmed in this area. Some include Rio Grande, Thelma and Louise, The Lone Ranger (2013), MI-2, Back to the Future II and III plus many commercials and fashion shoots.
|Top L-R: Tin man ~ House with |
a train on top
Bottom: Old mining equipment
The walls of the museum are lined with posters and memorabilia from the movies and there is a short film you can watch.
Arches National Park is just minutes north of downtown Moab. We were in awe from the moment we pulled up to the entrance gate. There is a face watching over the visitor center. It was once again in the high 90's and you cannot take dogs on any of the trails so luckily the views from the overlooks were more than adequate. Nancy did venture out on a few of the trails for some extra pictures.
Park Avenue like the name suggests has many high rises along with a few balancing rocks. These "skyscrapers" tell the story of the Entrada Sandstone.
|Top: The Organ Bottom: Park Avenue|
The Organ, Courthouse, Three Gossips and the Sheep Rock were entertaining. The sheep rock was once connected by an arch that has fallen.
|Top:Sheep Rock and 3 Gosips|
Bottom" The sheep was connected to the cliff on the left
Just driving down the road gives you so much to look at. As always we saw images in the rocks. A face profile, two love birds and a castle to name a few. The changes in color was always a surprise.
|Parade of Elephants bottom left|
We are not the only ones who see things as many of the formations are named. Along with the ones previously mentioned, Parade of Elephants is another.
The change in terrain through out the park was pretty interesting. You go from all red rock, to the petrified dunes to an open valley full of sage brush.
The overlook at Fiery Furnace is a short walk from the parking area but gravel and a little rocky. The view over the valley was nice.
Skyline Arch was so pretty. You get a beautiful view of it from the road or you can walk in a ways for a closer look. The trail is rocky and a little steep in places.
Unfortunately the road to The Windows Section was closed for repairs - so guess we will have to come back to see those.
Dead Horse State Park is on the way to Canyonland National Park. We had actually planned to hike here, but discovered that you can see the canyon without hiking. The main road through takes you to the Dead Horse Point Overlook where you are treated to a beautiful view of the Colorado River.
According to legend the point was once used as a corral for wild mustangs roaming the mesa. During the 1800's, cowboys would round up the horses and herd them across a narrow piece of land onto the point. They would fence them in with branches and brush creating a natural corral. Then they chose the ones they wanted and for some ridiculous reason leave the rest corralled on the waterless point. They of course died of thirst within view of the river. Hence the name of the park. There is a section of rock that looks like a dead horse, which of course helps the legend along.
Canyonlands National Park was way more than we expected. In fact we hadn't planned on going to the park, but when we didn't hike at Dead Horse we had extra time. We are glad we did. While standing on any of the overlooks you still can't grasp the enormity of the canyons.
Our first stop was at Shafer Canyon which gives you a good view of the White Rim Road. It is a 100-mile road that takes you across the canyons.
Only high clearance, four wheel vehicles or bikes are allowed. It generally takes two to three days by motor vehicle and three to five days by bike. There are ten camping areas along the route. Just looking at the road from the overlook was enough for Nancy.
The Green River Overlook gave us the first view of the mighty canyons. Yes, there is a river down there! The Candlestick Towers did look like fancy candlesticks!
At the Buck Canyon Overlook you could see for miles with the gaping canyon running down the center of the valley.
As the name suggests the view from Grand View Point was grand. The canyon is filled with needle towers and the landscape surrounding it is a mix a flat and rolling hills.
What a busy week this was and we still didn't see everything!
Up next is a short stay in Salina and then Long Valley Junction where we will visit Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park plus more.
Till we meet again...
Happy Trails to You!
Tips and things we have learned along the way
~ A tisket and tasket we use a lot of baskets
Living in a small space with little storage requires you to create your own extra storage space. Baskets is one of the ways we do that.
|Mielikki is not very neat|
with her toys
It helps to keep everything in place, keeps things tidy and makes moving every week that much easier. Plus they look nice too.