Anthony's Wild West 2007 travel blog

Sipapu Bridge, Natural Bridges National Monument

Owachomo Bridge - would you walk across that?

Scenic Utah Byways

Roadside view on the way to Goblin Valley

The Colorado river again

The Goblins of Goblin Valley

The Goblins' Arch Enemy, Dr. Eviltroll

A crowd of goblins

View from Goblin Valley

Entering Capitol Reef National Park

Beginning of Hickman Bridge Trail

Hickman Bridge, Capitol Reef National Park

Late afternoon colours by the roadside, Capitol Reef

A medium sized RV (Recreational Vehicle)

Should be trolls and bridges really, but hey! Here I am in Torrey - as in the Torrey Canyon Disaster - and it has been a busy day, but with lots of great stuff. A National Park, a National Monument, a State Park, several Scenic Byways and more amazing views than you could shake a stick at!

After a delayed breakfast I went to the nearby Natural Bridges National Monument, where three large stone bridges span a deep canyon, as a result of water erosion. Time pressures prevented me from doing what would have been a very nice hike up the canyon and under the bridges, so I contented myself with easier viewpoints. In general, and as always, with the benefit of himdsight I think I would have done this trip a bit differently. I would have had 4.5 weeks in California on my own, then 4.5 weeks in this area of the Grand Circle, with Erica and then on my own. The Rockies would need to be a whole seperate trip, perhaps reaching over into Canada as well.

Next was a long drive to Goblin Valley State Park, amongst increasingly magnificent scenery. This whole area of Southern Utah/Northern Arizona is like one big glorious park. Goblin Valley features in the hilarious film Galaxy Quest, where it convincingly stands in for an alien planet. It was great fun, full of kids running around and climbing all over the 'goblins' in what was like an enormous playground. I really enjoyed my hour or so there wandering around and exploring amongst the alien formations.

Lastly I drove to and through Capitol Reef National Park. I only had time for one short hike to another natural bridge, though both the bridge and the views on the trail were excellent. I saw enough though to be sure that Capitol Reef warrants some proper hiking to get amongst its fabulous scenery, with the added bonus that it is one of the less visited and hiked parks (too much competition nearby).

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