The diverse landscapes of southern Utah
Most people know about Grand Canyon and some have heard about places like Monument Valley. But not that many knows about the adjacent diverse beauty of Southern Utah. Utah has 5 national parks. Canyonlands, Arches, Capitol Reef, Bryce and Zion. They are completely unique and different experiences.
After lots of reading I was convinced it was worth doing a “detour” to discover some of the places Utah has to offer. So after sleeping in at our beautiful motel in Monument Valley, off we went.
We had a long day of driving, starting with a visit to the small village Bluff, located by the San Juan river. After a stroll in the open air museum we watched a movie in the tourist center about the first settlers of Bluff. The main reason for this was actually to cool of in the airco. At 42 degrees you quickly get over heated. But in fact, we enjoyed the film very much 🙂
We continued north towards the town Moab where the Arches national park is found. We then passed deserted landscapes until we reached our motel in Torrey, close to Capitol Reef, at around 22:00. The landscapes that unfolded during this day drive were amazing. Not a single moment of those 7 hours of driving were dull. It was just one “wow” after the other.
After breakfast in our motel we took a morning trek in the Capitol Reef area and then started our journey towards Bryce Canyon, via the scenin Highway 12. In the tiny village Boulder, along the way, we found a little cafe that served one of the most amazing meals on the whole journey. I had a Thai influenced burger and pie for desert. Life at this stage could not have been better. We enjoyed a long lunch in the shaded garden and had nice chats with other visitor that just like us felt extremely lucky to have made it to Utah and this little gem. We spoke about the amazing landscapes and the empty roads and agreed that this area was something very special. Magic in every way.
At around 15:00, after yet another few hours of “wow”” as we passed the Grand Staircase Escalante, same day we reached Bryce Canyon which for me was the most amazing natural experience on our whole trip. Therefore it deserves to be presented in its own post which will be the next one coming up 🙂
Posted on September 29, 2013, in United States and tagged Arches, Bluff, Boulder, Burr Trail, Capitol Reef, desert, Earth, Grand Staircase Escalante, Landscapes, Nature, Photography, Pictures, Resor, Roadtrip, Travel, USA, Utah. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.