Great American Road Trip Exploring the U.S. Southwest with Noelle and Kenton.

This spring, I finally got to see one of the great wonders of the world...The Grand Canyon! Visiting the Grand Canyon has been on my travel list for a very long time. And I finally got to go on my (never-realized before now) dream road trip to see it! I had my best friend, Kenton, along for the ride.

Highlights include:

  • Arches National Park
  • Natural Brides National Monument
  • Monument Valley
  • Antelope Canyon
  • Horseshoe Bend
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Petrified National Forest


Arches National Park

Moab, AZ

Located 5 miles north of Moab, UT, Arches National Park was our first stop. Moab is a small, unique town that is filled with diverse dining and shopping options (it's where I bought my cowgirl hat!) Moab was full of natural surprises! Not only were there beautiful sandstone scenery, but the La Sal Mountains were located nearby. Arches NP is home to the world-famous Delicate many more! Our hikes included: Delicate Arch, Double O Arch, Park Avenue and more. Read more about Arches National Park here.

Natural Bridges National Monument

On our way from Moab to Monument Valley we took a short ( is an hour and a half considered short?) detour. And I'm glad we did! We ended up at Natural Bridges National Monument. He had a chance to stretch our legs and see some different scenery. I liked our short hike because it included ladders! Learn more about Natural Bridges National Monument here.

Taking the detour to Natural Bridges was a remote highway to surprise! Driving south from natural bridges took us on a drive through Valley of the Gods. It was a steep and gravely drive that ended with a beautiful view!

Valley of the Gods

Monument Valley

Our next stop was Monument Valley. Initially, we had just planned to stop and see. AND THEN WE DECIDED TO GO ON A HORSE RIDE. My friend, Kenton, had never been on a horse before. He booked a two-hour horse tour within Monument Valley. It was great! We had some changing weather, wind/sand storm, a little rain and some sunshine. Maybe I should watch a John Wayne movie.....

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend

Page, AZ

Page, AZ seems like a magical place. Beautiful canyons, scenic bends and a nearby lake. We spent our time touring Lower Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. A guide/tour company is required to visit either Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon. Horseshoe Bend is part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. And W.O.W the colors are outstanding! Truly something to see in person.

The Grand Canyon

The highlight of the entire trip! The Grand Canyon was truly amazing. It was surprising the diversity of the area. We spend out time there watching the sunrise and sunset (with our elk buddies), hiking and enjoying the beautiful scenery. We hiked 12 miles of The Bright Angel Trail and 3 miles of The South Kaibab Trail. You can read more about the Grand Canyon here.

Meteor Crater & Petrified Forest National Park

Two great stops along the interstate in between Flagstaff, AZ to Santa Fe, NM. Meteor Crater is one of the best preserved impact crater. I was really looking forward to visiting Petrified Forest National Park...and I was not disappointed! Not only was the petrified wood amazing beautiful, but colorful banded hills and petroglyph. You can read more about Petrified Forest National Park here.

At Meteor Crater

Our last pit stop was in Kenton, OK. Do I even need to say why we stopped????

Kenton in Kenton, OK

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