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Apr 27, 2018 - Canyonlands NP - Needles District

Yesterday we made the long (50 mile) drive from Moab to Monticello. We're staying in the Mountain View RV Park where we stayed last year. They've built a new restrooms/showers & laundry building, put in new electric service & really cleaned it up. Since we had time, we did laundry before checking out the Monticello Visitor Center/Museum. We also drove around town & saw the new Mormon Temple here in Monticello. The park owner told us about a route to Canyonlands NP from Monticello that goes over the Abajo/Blue Mountains & has great views, so...

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Sep 30, 2017 - We hit the road once again

After a week in Springville, we got up sorta early Friday morning & headed to Monticello, Utah. We have booked a month at the Mountain View RV Park & we are waiting for the arrival of our good friends Roger & ReeAnn. The four of us will be taking in the sights together, its going to be a great time. We are South of Moab, Utah, we love the area & are looking forward to taking in some familiar sights & probably some new ones as well. Our trip here took us briefly down I-15 South to Hwy 6 East & that took us to I-70 East. From I-70 we hooked...

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Jul 4, 2017 - Anasazi Heritage Center, Hovenweep & Monticello

The mileage for today is not accurate as we took the long way around to get to Monticello, Utah from Durango. The detour was so we could visit the Anasazi Heritage Center, The Valley of the Ancients and Hovenweep National Monument. I try not to whine. Taking care of horses at 7,000' in 90 degree heat was challenging. But not really as challenging as climbing to and around Pueblo ruins at that same altitude and in the blazing mid day sun. Yesterday at Aztec was particularly challenging. We probably went through 10 doorways that you had to...

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Road Trip 2017

May 9, 2017 - Loa to Monticello

This morning we said goodbye/see you again to Brent & Dixie & headed toward Monticello. Our route took us thru part of Capitol Reef Nat'l Park. We hadn't seen the eastern side of the park & the beauty in the park continued as we left it. Our friend Diann said this trip thru Capitol Reef & across the Hwy 95 Scenic Byway was one of her favorite drives & as we drove it David said this should be designated the 2nd most beautiful drive in the world. Another day of so many fantastic sights that you just can't take it all in. We drove thru the...

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Oct 6, 2016 - Heading to Monticello, UT

We are driving today, heading for Monticello, UT. Charlotte sitting up front for a little while looking for photo ops, but not much to see except for Shiprock and we could not get a good angle for a picture of it. At the town Shiprock we turned north and headed into Colorado. As we drive it is getting a little greener and after we pass through Cortez, CO we see quite a few farms. We also see some mountians to the east showing a lot of snow. Then we turn and enter Utah and drive into Monticello finding out RV park on the north end of town....

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To Maine and back

Sep 21, 2016 - Needles

While driving down Abajo mtn towards Monticello, we saw about 10 wild turkeys and several more Mike deer. Once we got into town, we talked to our realtor as she has a potential buyer for our house in Misenheimer. She'll be back in touch once she hears more. We drove out the Needles/Anticline road and saw great views from the Needles outlook. We searched for a campsite and thought we found the perfect turnout. Oops, hung the trailer on the road so had an adventure unloading the trailer and freeing the atv. Luckily it worked out with getting...

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Sep 20, 2016 - Davis canyon

We took the atv back out to find Davis canyon. This time, we took the fork that looked liked it only led to a campsite but sure enough, this was it. We drove about 5 more miles and here were cottonwoods and the boundary fence. We hiked in and found granaries and the 5 faces panel which was really cool. We found a side canyon that we made our way back in and found a few more glyphs including one that had a jumping figure on each end of what could have been a snake. Bill discovered a granary that still had corn cobs in it and no footsteps....

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Sep 19, 2016 - Davis canyon

We got back to Monticello to resupply and then drove north on 191 to the Newspaper rock turnoff. We turned at the gate that leads toward the 6 shooter peaks to get the campsite that we found last year. This is where we met the couple with an atv who were going back into Davis canyon. Now, this year with our atv, we are going to be able to get back into this canyon. We took a test trip to find the route and got stymied. Nothing took us where we were supposed to see cottonwood trees and the park service fence. We'll try again tomorrow.

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Oct 20, 2014 - Monticello, UT

Headed down to Moab, UT last night after touring Arches National Park.Lots of arches true to it's name.Stayed in the Apache Motel, where it's said John Wayne stayed. Don't think they have renovated the rooms, since John slept over. We survived and spent the day driving into Canyonlands National Park sites [2]. We have taken a ton of photos and will upload them to our Google+ site. Then we'll paste a link on TripJournal so you can choose to look at red rock canyon formations, if that's an interest for you. Since we ended up today south of...

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Hancock Log

Sep 18, 2014 - Monticello UT – Canyonlands National Park - Creek Pasture Campground

Took the camper and moved down to another section of Canyonlands National Park called the Needles. Here, we saw more red rock, but some of them were tall, thin spires as opposed to large rock mounds/mountains. We also saw some arches like the Wooden Shoe Arch in the Needles and some pretty canyons. We had expected to see more “needles”, so that was a little disappointing, but what we did see was neat.

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Retired at Last!

Jun 15, 2014 - Needles - Chesler Park Loop hike

Sunday, 15-June – Canyonlands Needles District - Chesler Park Loop Trip miles: 11 miles Route taken: UT-211 W → Scenic Drive → Elephant Hill Trailhead Average Gas mileage: 27.9mpg Weather: cool (50F) in the morning, hot (88F) with light breezes in the afternoon Elevation: 4960ft -> 5706ft Highlights: - hiking the Chesler Park Loop Trail, including the Joint Trail - seeing a hummingbird at the start of our hike Today we (I) decided to challenge myself to the 11-mile Chesler Loop trail instead of hiking the 7.5 mile Big Spring/Squaw...

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Jun 14, 2014 - Moab to Canyonlands Needles District

Saturday, 14-June – Moab Valley RV Resort → Canyonlands Needles District → Canyonlands Needles Outpost Trip miles: 85 miles Route taken: US-191 S → UT-211 W Average Gas mileage: 27.9mpg Weather: warm (68F) in the morning, hot (82F) with light breezes and a brief afternoon storm Elevation: 4025ft -> 4960ft Highlights: - seeing the herons fly over Moab Valley one last time - seeing an American Avocet in the parking area at Newspaper Rock - walking the small trails at the points of interest along the Scenic Drive in Needles District -...

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