You'll notice the perfect hand shape in the left photo. We found it in Monument Valley, where I am told, John Wayne filmed a lot of his movies.. Then wouldn't you know it! We found another hand out in valley. This hand looks just like the one in background.
|More of Monument Valley|
|The Navajo deftly placed an assortment of trailers and broken down cars on the other side.|
Unfortunately Mesa Verde closed down the park to all vehicles other than all terrain.
|As close as we got to Mesa Verde|
These pics are all of the Lowry Pueblo which is a part of the Canyon of the Ancients. It was like an entire apartment complex built out of sandstone, but with tiny doors and no roof. I wouldn't live here.
After Hovenweep we drove towards the Valley of the Gods. It was breathtaking!! The mountains were huge and so many different colors, mostly red. The way the weather over time has eroded them is incredible.
We drove past the "Mexican Hat" and "Navajo Blanket." These mountains looked like a colorful poncho.
It seemed like every road we turned on, there were cows or deer in our way. They didn't seem to care that we had a lot of places to see in one day.
The mountain in the background has a switchback road up the side of it! Yeah it was scary to drive up. It's not paved, no side rails, sharp corners. We just held our breath and enjoyed the incredible view as we made our way up it.
|Never thought we'd see a shark in the desert|
|You shall not pass!!|
To the right is the first natural bridge, Sipapu Bridge. We just went to the overlooks because we were marathon driving through the park. But I bet it would be a lot of fun to hike down to each bridge. Another time...
The park ranger told us it would take at least an hour to get through the park... we did it in 35 minutes.
Here is the third one, Owachomo Bridge. After the bridges we headed north to Moab and the Arches National Park. By the time we reached Moab it was well bellow freezing and still continuing to snow. Although it was a jam packed day of site seeing, it was a lot of fun and we did see a lot of really cool stuff. There is so much to see in this area of Utah, we cant wait to come back and explore more of the things we just got a glance of.