DISCLAIMER. – Grantsville, Northern Utah – Oct. 15, 2014
For the previous blogposts of this Denver-to-San-Francisco road trip, see Photos 1/5 and Photos 2/5. (Past nuclear issues blogposts, see here. Note the skyrocketing radioactive Sr-90 levels in the water at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster site in Japan is continuing to worsen, see HERE.)
This blogpost is the third in a series of traveling-in-autumn-2014 photos, as I drive with a friend from Belgium (Bas) from Denver to San Francisco. See here for part 1 of this series. Unless otherwise noted, all photos © Michaël Van Broekhoven, All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer, Do-not-share policy & Fair Use Statement.
Below: Photos from the past few days visiting Mesa Verde National Park in Southern Colorado Colorado; Monument Valley on the Navajo Nation lands of northern Arizona, views over Goosenecks State Park with a scenic drive to Moab, followed by two nice hikes in Arches National Park in South-Eastern Utah. It’s hard to believe we started out in Denver less than 10 days ago…
It takes way too much time to write a narrative to all the pictures, so for this one, I’ll keep it basic. You get the idea: vast expanses, ever-changing colorful landscape, vast cultural differences, complex histories, lots of wildlife, etc…
From Durango we headed to Mesa Verde:
The road into the Mesa Verde N.P. is absolutely stunning in the fall:
Pueblo ruins from over 700 years ago:
Our tour guide (from the National Park Service) gave lots more information about the history of this place and its people. The kiva, shown here without and with a roof, from above and from within:
The museums in the area could keep one busy for days. I heard (from a young Ute lady in Durango that the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum in nearby St Ignacio is véry good, but with so many things to see in the area, we had to pick just a couple. One could spent a life time in this region and never run out of special sites to learn from and be inspired by.
Still at Mesa Verde N.P.:
After a night in Bluff, CO, we headed into Monument Valley:
Gorgeous indigenous art at the Mesa Verde Visitor Center, from various tribes, but mostly Navajo (Dineh) and Hopi:
“Mexican Hat” (rock and name of nearby town) on the way out:
A quick stop at Goosenecks State Park, Colorado was a stunning surprise:
Then we cruised to the top of a mesa on Moki Dugway, which someone (‘Jeff’) at Valley View Hot Springs had highly recommended for the view.
From near the top, you can see the Goosenecks below and Monument Valley in the distance:
Several different species of lizards:
A zoom in:
And then we headed to Moab, with some stops for the views along the way…
After a night camping just outside of Moab, Utah, we visited the nearby Arches National Park:
It’s a short easy hike to Double O arches, and ‘Landscape Arch’, shown here:
Vegetation near Wolfe Creek at the start of the trail up to Delicate Arch:
Awesome hike up to Delicate Arch (the one on Utah license plates), well worth it:
And then north to the Salt Lake City area along highway 6 (between Green River and Spanish Fork):
Happy trails to all!