Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

The Valley of the Gods is a dirt road that winds for...

The next few photos show a few of the more interesting sights.

 

 

 

This boondocker pulled that trailer over some very rough spots in the...

 

 

See the "train" (top layer)?

 

Another nice campsite with a view.

Elena named these the "Kissing Rocks"...look to the right and see another...

 

 

 

Elena's mirror shot.

Some of these tall spires seem to defy gravity!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whoa!

 

It's a monster looking east!

 

A man with a heavy load on his head.

 

 

Penelope could hardly get her brain around this road...she needs a break!

 

When we looked up and ahead...

... we could never see where the road went or where it...

But looking back down we could see parts of it.

 

The views from the top were awesome, and would have been even...

Several shots of the Goosenecks of the San Juan from Muley Point...

 

 

 

 

 

In the far distance we could see Monument Valley.

And about six miles away and 1,400' down we see several tiny...

Zooming in on the computer we can identify Da Honu as the...

An interesting sunset tonight profiling Monument Valley on the horizon.


(Ron Writing) It rained hard for at least 4 hours last night and was very windy for awhile. This morning it was completely overcast but at least it wasn’t raining. So we decided to head out to explore the nearby Valley of the Gods. There is a winding dirt road that runs for about 17 miles through some very interesting and scenic rock formations. We took way too many photos but it’s hard to stop when you come upon one beautiful sight after another! We only had to drive through one running stream and several muddy low spots but nothing that Hercules couldn’t handle.

When we look out of our south windows we see the Goosenecks and the San Juan River about 1,000’ right below us. When we look out of our north windows we see Cedar Mesa about 1,400’ above us and about 5 miles away. There is a road, UT-261, also called Moki Dugway, that quite amazingly climbs the face of the mesa to some beautiful views of the surrounding valleys. Then there is a 9-mile spur road that winds out to a spectacular viewpoint, Muley Point, that overlooks the Goosenecks from a much higher vantage point than our campsite. We drove both those roads, and as you’ll see in the photos, it was quite a drive. The views were well worth it – we only wish we would have had clear blue skies so the photos would look a little nicer. Nature has done an excellent job of carving these sights!



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