2011 Southwestern USA travel blog

Monticello, UT - Mountain View RV Park - Site 26

Monticello, UT - Mountain View RV Park - Site 26, another view...

Cortez, CO to Monticello, UT 0 - our route - 62 miles

Cortez, CO to Monticello, UT 1 - lots of farmland around here...

Cortez, CO to Monticello, UT 2

Cortez, CO to Monticello, UT 3 - a bump, almost in the...

Cortez, CO to Monticello, UT 4 - still on the Great Sage...

Canyonlands, Needles District 1 - the road in

Canyonlands, Needles District 2

Canyonlands, Needles District 3

Canyonlands, Needles District 4

Canyonlands, Needles District 5

Canyonlands, Needles District 6

Canyonlands, Needles District 7

Canyonlands, Needles District 8

Canyonlands, Needles District 9

Canyonlands, Needles District 10 - Newspaper Rock Panel

Canyonlands, Needles District 11 - Newspaper Rock 1

Canyonlands, Needles District 12 - Newspaper Rock 2

Canyonlands, Needles District 13 - Newspaper Rock 3 - a very unusual...

Canyonlands, Needles District 14 - prickly pears are in bloom

Canyonlands, Needles District 15 - an old granary visible from the ruin...

Canyonlands, Needles District 16 - entry is from the top

Canyonlands, Needles District 17 - Cairns marking the Pothole Point Trail

Canyonlands, Needles District 18 - the road to the Cave Srings Trail

Canyonlands, Needles District 19

Canyonlands, Needles District 20

Canyonlands, Needles District 21

Canyonlands, Needles District 22 - the cowboy camp

Canyonlands, Needles District 23

Canyonlands, Needles District 24 - the petroglyphs on the cave spring wall

Canyonlands, Needles District 25 - the spring which is never dry

Canyonlands, Needles District 26

Canyonlands, Needles District 27 - the Wooden Shoe Arch

Canyonlands, Needles District 28 - the Needles

Canyonlands, Needles District 29

Canyonlands, Needles District 30 - closer

Canyonlands, Needles District 31

Canyonlands, Needles District 32

Canyonlans, Needles District 33 - it's just past noon and the prickly...

Canyonlands, Needles District 34

Canyonlands, Needles District 35

Canyonlands, Needles District 36 - wildflowers lining the road

Canyonlands, Needles District 37


It was a quick 62 miles from Cortez to Monticello through much of the same type of scenery we have been seeing. We are staying at Mountain View RV Park with 50 amp full hookups, cable and decent WiFi though it is a little weak at our site. The big rig sites are in the open so hitting the satellite was easy. It has a variety of sites, some fairly nice, but the big rig sites are very narrow and just long enough for the Mothership with Libby parked across the site. It is a Camp Club and Passport America campground so the price was right.

We went into Canyonlands National Park today, putting about 150 miles on Libby. Access to the lower part of the park (called the Needles district) is available here. The road into the park is about 14 miles North of Monticello and then the visitor center is another 34 miles West of that. We will see the Northern portion (called the Island District) while we are at Dead Horse State Park outside Moab starting tomorrow. We walked three short trails which were very nice and allowed us to earn our hiking badges. :) We even walked one trail which was almost completely on slickrock so they use cairns to mark the trail. That was our first experience with that type of trail.

After coming back out of the park, we went a few miles North and then turned West again for another 22 miles to get to Needles Overlook. There we walked another short trail over the rocks to get magnificent views of Canyonlands from above with the Colorado River snaking through it.

Tomorrow we head for Dead Horse Point State Park just Northwest of Moab. We will be there four days and doubt we will have Verizon at the campground but we'll see.

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