Arches National Park 2001

After we finished touring the Colorado National Monument in the rain, we head west toward Moab and Arches National Park. We would arrive late in the afternoon so we new there would be no chance at camping inside Arches, so we planned to stay overnight at the Moab KOA. On the way to Moab we…

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Colorado National Monument 2001

After exploring the Black Canyon of the Gunnison we drove back to Grand Junction because just a few miles west of it on the I-70 is the Colorado National Monument. Unfortunately the weather was clouding over and the light was not the best — there are some great views of the erosion of the side…

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The Black Canyon of the Gunnison 2001

After completing the loop over the Rocky Mountains, we headed west (again) along I-70 to Grand Junction. We crashed in a hotel and were up and out the next morning for another long drive. First we headed south from Grand Junction and climbed along the Gunnison river as we drove into a high volcanic dome….

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Rocky Mountain National Park 2001

After our respite (several fine meals, a nice bed, restock beer/wine/liquor, clothes washing, and hospitality), we headed north to the Rocky Mountain National Park. The photos below show differing views as we climb up the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains.    

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Colorado Springs 2001

After we finished our visit to Mesa Verde, it was time for a brief diversion to go see a friend at Colorado Springs. Of course, we took the scenic route through the Rocky mountains.  

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Mesa Verde National Park 2001

Mesa Verde is the most famous of the ruins and other archaeological finds representing the ancient pueblan peoples of the south west US. The mesa top provided, for a time, a rich farmland and the people that lived here built large cliff dwellings. The dwellings were largely used for storage and a few Kivas for…

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Natural Bridges National Monument 2001

We arrived at Natural Bridges in the late afternoon but we had time to take the road loop and view the bridges from above. With more time, you can take trails into the valleys and see the bridges up close. The photo below shows a bridge in the centre of the photo — it is…

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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area 2001

On our way from the Capitol Reef to the Natural Bridges area, we had to cross some very interesting country as well. Just east of the Capitol Reef is the town of Caineville. The land around Caineville looks like a stegosaurus’ back with a number of jutting, ragged, sheets of rock  sticking out of the…

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Capitol Reef National Park 2001

As you drive down and off of Bolder mountain you enter Capitol Reef National Park. The Reef is a large block of rock tipped at an angle and standing way up into the air for many miles. The Reef is cut by several rivers and washes. When the rain falls these can be very dangerous places…

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Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument 2001

We left Bryce to travel over US 12 in Utah which I had always thought went through some of the most colourful and spectacular scenery in the state. Apparently other people thought so too because the area has now been declared the Escalante Staircase National Monument. The road (and Monument) extends from Panguitch in the…

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