Saturday, April 16, 2011

4 Corners, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, & Natural Bridges National Monument

Greg made us stop to take a cheesy photo at 4 corners, where CO, AZ, NM, and UT meet. Recently surveyors discovered that the 4 corner spot is 2,000 feet off! I guess they decided it is not worth relocating this set up.

Next stop, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, on Indian Territory. We did the 17-mile drive loop to see different butte formations. We got an awesome tent view primitive site. It was a bit windy but warmer temps; even saw the sunrise the next day. We got a great sunny day to do a 3-mile loop hike around mitten rock. Saw the sunset around 7:45pm and stayed up past 10pm to see the stars come out. 

One thing I like about traveling, which you notice after camping constantly, is appreciating the little things in life. I always appreciated flush toilets, running water, and even hand soap, but now I appreciate non-windy days. Cooking and eating in the wind, is just no fun.

Natural Bridges National Monument was out next destination. The drive there was beautiful, leaving the buttes in AZ and entering more in UT.  We drove up a crazy windy road at 5 miles an hour and over this huge rocky valley. Did the 8.6-mile hike loop to see the three natural bridges. It was odd hiking in so much on sand vs. snow (from CO), Makes me slower going but at least we aint falling through the ground.

We ended at 4:30 pm so decided not to camp here and head 1.5 hrs. North to Goblin Valley State Park. Click here for pix.

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