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 arch....plus many more! Our hikes included: Delicate Arch, Double O Arch, Park Avenue and more. Read more about Arches National Park here.
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.
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.
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.