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6. Canyonlands, Utah
From Bryce Canyon to our next overnight stay in Moab, Utah was a wonderful drive taking in diverse changing landscapes passing through Canyonlands State National Park.
As you can see from our pics the landscape changes dramatically from mountainous roads to sparse granite and brush then opening up into the golden tree lined roads and eventually into Canyonlands.
Located to the west of the town of Moab and a short distance from Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park is wild and wonderful and diverse in its landscapes and travel opportunities.
7 & 8. Arches National Park, Moab
It’s no surprise that Arches National Park is one of the top national parks in America: it’s a wonderland of eroded sandstone fins, towers, ribs, gargoyles, hoodoos and balanced rocks.
Moab, where we stayed is a classic Utah desert town famous for its a laid-back outdoorsy vibe and incredible array of nearby mountain biking trails. There is a lot to see and do in Arches National Park and the Moab area.
9. Monument Valley, Arizona
We headed south from Moab taking the 191 to Monument Valley located on the Navajo Nation within Arizona and Utah.
Monument Valley is famous not only for its spectacular views but for the many films shot at this location, such as Forrest Gump, Back to the Future Part III, Easy Rider and How the West Was Won to name but a few.
We checked in to ‘The View’ Hotel, the only hotel on the Navajo Indian Reservation with a name befitting it’s location. (See pics)
Each room at the hotel is facing the spectacular landscape and what a view it is. We booked the ‘Star Room’ which is on the top floor and has no balcony restrictions above, giving you an unbelievable view of the stars at night.
The hotel is dry (No alcohol) and food leaves a lot to be desired although the Navajo Indian staff are very warm and welcoming.