Terry, Doug and Roxie's Summer Trip 2011 travel blog

Scenery traveling to Moab

Scenery traveling to Moab

San Rafael Swell

San Rafael Swell

Traveling to Moab

Traveling to Moab

Spotted Wolf Canyon

Roxie & Terry overlooking Spotted Wolf Canyon


What a beautiful drive today to Moab, Utah. The scenery was breathtaking, with tall white gray rocks looking like pyramids with brownish red boulders. We stopped at a place called the San Rafael Swell. This area of sandstone was a great seashore where there was plant and animal life during the Jurassic period. The area had tropical forests, inhabited by giant dinosaurs that died and left behind their bones. Later the Mormon colonizer, Brigham Young, brought people to settle here. Soon they realized that that the water was scarce, little pastureland and life was too harsh to stay. As we were standing at the scenic overlook, Jack said that it looked like the painted desert.

We arrived at our campground in Moab, Utah after driving 275 miles. Our campground was very nice and we were very close to Arches National Park.

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