Day 5: Kayenta (Monument Valley) -Natural Bridges-Canyonlands National Park-Moab
Today we traveled 320 miles from Kayenta to Moab. Via Natural Bridges National Monument and Canyonlands (The Needles) National Park. We left Kayenta at 8.30 and arrived in Moab at 17. We leave Kayenta crossing the beautiful Monument Valley which we leave with a bit of nostalgia. Now we are in the state of Utah.
Now we are into the wildest West! We take a dirt road that follows the winding mountain and and we drive it by car. The scenery is truly unique, there is no protection in the road, below us there is the deepest abyss, it is beautiful! We get to the top and from here you can admire the fantastic Goosenecks, deep gorges carved out by a tributary of Colorado, the San Juan River.
We also see the characteristic Mexican Hat, a beautiful rock formation that looks like a Mexican sombrero. Then we continue to the Natural Bridges National Monument where we travel the scenic drive seeing the three natural bridges from the panoramic points, unfortunately the weather is getting worse and a really strong wind blows, which prevents us from admiring the beauty of the place.
Canyonlands National Park
We then continue north towards Moab, after Monticello we deviate to Canyonlands National Park (area of “The Needles”). Along the way we stop at Newspaper Rock, a suggestive rock full of inscriptions of the ancient American Indians.
We continue our journey and see how the landscape changes constantly, the rocks look like many huge mushrooms. The landscape is always more beautiful especially when we glimpse the needles, they are something wonderful: majestic spikes colored red and white.
Now we head towards Moab, but when we drive on the road we see a natural arch. We stop to admire it. Today we have covered a total of 320 miles. In Moab we will stay for the next two nights at the Ramada Inn hotel.
Night: Ramada, Moab