We enjoyed three day trips this week that provided more scenic vistas that were absolutely breath-taking. I took way too many photographs and had a difficult time selecting these few to share on the blog.
We leave Towoac, Colorado tomorrow, moving our home base to Flagstaff, Arizona.
Some of these petroglyphs date to over 1500 years ago.
Close up views
Our drive through the Canyonlands National Park consisted of only one road. This park is huge and requires a few days of exploring to get an appreciation of the unique rock and land formations. One day we would like to come back here and enjoy the quietness of this uncrowded National Park.
Notice Ronnie on that flat rock near the center-left of the picture.
From every curve of the road, it seemed there was a new unusual rock formation or distance land formation.
This landscape is best compared to Monument Valley except with way fewer crowds. In fact, you can see in the distance, some of Monument Valley's rock formations. We really enjoyed this quiet, scenic drive.
Many of the rock formations have unusual names.
The dirt road through Valley of the Goads is about 17 miles long. We saw regular cars traveling the road, however for this rocky road, we were glad we were in a high clearance vehicle.
Storm clouds were gathering, we did not tarry as we had to cross many washes. There are warnings about being in the area if heavy rain is predicted. Thankfully, no rain fell while we were exploring the area.
Once you leave The Valley of the Gods, turn right into Hwy 261 and you're headed up the Moki Dugway. It's listed on the website of The World's Most Spectacular Roads. This road was built in the 1950's to transport uranium ore from a mine in Cedar Masa to the town of Mexican Hat for processing. We thought about how scary it must have been for the drivers of trucks of that time period to haul the heavy loads down this steep, curvy road.
There are lookout points where you can pull off the see the fantastic views of the road and the valley below.
What a drive this was, filled with thrills and thankfully, no spills.
There are no guard rails here.
Amazing views at the top of Cedar Mesa. The land formation seen here is called the
A view of Valley of the Gods.
Once at the top of Cedar Mesa, we took the first road to the left. That five mile dirt road went to Muley Point Lookout. Here we saw more incredible vistas of Monument Valley and the Goosenecks of the San Juan River.
That's Monument Valley in the far distance.
Goosenecks of the San Juan River
Today's weather was crystal clear after the rain from the last 3 days. We hoped there would be snow on the Mountains of San Juan National Forest.
We drove Hwy 145 back to Telluride once more.
We were happily surprised that the aspen were still so colorful.
The past 3 weeks we have spent in the southwestern area of Colorado have made us keenly aware of why the Colorado Border Welcome Signs say
"Welcome to Colorful Colorado"