On our way to our next destination we drove through Monument Valley. We got a little confused the signage and didn't realize you could continue on the normal public highway and still see the valley, so we forked over the $20 to get into the tribal land that encompasses Monument Valley. Again, we had a little problem with the unclear signage and we thought we'd be fine driving through the valley this way. Turns out it is incredibly rough terrain that you should really have a four wheel drive vehicle for. We got about a mile into the valley before laughing so hard at the absurdity of the roads and decided to turn back around for the health of Moby and in hope we'd make it back home in one piece!
We continued the rest of the way through the valley on the public paved highway, happy with our decision.
Natural Bridges National Monument
After a small storm continued to chase us slowly into the park, we decided to make the best of it and see as much as possible before it decided to pour on us. Natural Bridges is the only park in the world, other than China, that features three natural bridges in one location.
There is a 9 mile loop drive around the park with numerous overlooks and trails that lead to the bridges and ruins that we explored as much as possible before the wind started to howl and the sky began to weep on us.
Hovenweap National Monument
We awoke early this morning and headed to this small monument located in the middle of nowhere on the border of Utah and Colorado. We took the 2.5 mile hike around the park where were able to get up close to several Anasazi Ruins dating back to 1200 A.D.
After dodging more rain in Hovenweap, we headed to Mesa Verde National Park expecting a dryer outlook. Needless to say we camped outside of the park and enjoyed our two sandwich dinner as it rained buckets. Good thing we like this white beast! Up next we're taking a tour of Mesa Verde and several of the cliff dwellings.