Southwest Safari 2015 grand canyon, monument valley, arches, canyonlands, dead horse point

Our first stop was the south rim of the Grand Canyon, where we hiked the rim from Hermit's Rest back to the village.

On the drive toward Monument Valley we stopped at the National Navajo Monument, Betatakin, dating from the 13th century. This is where Allison taught us about cross bedding, with some good examples in the cliffs above the village.

We arrived in Monument Valley in the late afternoon, in time for a spectacular sunset from our balcony at Goulding's, then spent the next day in the valley, first with a guide and then on our own. We stayed through sunset, then got up early to witness the sunrise before heading back to breakfast and then getting on the road again.

A couple more driving hours' with a quick stop at the goose necks of the San Juan River, brought us to Moab and the first arches.

After a quick stop at our hotel to unload we headed out to Arches NP for the afternoon, and ran into Rob and Sharon Guidera from Hood River (he played at our wedding) in the visitor center.

In addition to all of the recognizable movie locations in Monument Valley we also hiked around the double arch, which is the opening location in the third Indiana Jones movie.

The next day was spent hiking all around Arches, including Delicate, Landscape and Navajo Arches.

The next day we traveled around Canyonlands NP and included hikes to False Kiva, Mesa Arch and along the rim.

Unfortunately the week had to come to a close, but on our drive to Salt Lake City and our flights home we detoured to Thompson a Springs (Utah) and saw the Native American petroglyphs at the top of Sego Canyon, dating from the Fremont Indians in the 7th through 13th century.

Then on to SLC, where we walked around the quiet grounds of the Mormon Tabernacle before a final dinner at Squatters Brew Pub, one last hotel room, then early morning flights. We vowed to do a rim to rim Grand Canyon hike before the end of the decade.

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Ed Price

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