Yesterday was a brutally busy day. We put in a good 13 hours of travel and didn’t eat supper till 9 PM Utah time. We both feel some of the effects today :-).
We left Mexican Hat pretty early this morning and were driving into Canyonland Park around 10. We drove 22 miles back into the park to see the Needles Overlook. Believe me, it was worth it! Just when we think we have seen the best, the next thing we see is as good or better than what came before it. The really great thing about all the things we’ve been fortunate to see, is they are all different and wonderful in their own way. The Needles Overlook looked down into a huge canyon with numerous hoodoo’s on the floor. We had been prepared to face crowds but the road out to the overlook was almost deserted. The scenery on the way out was incredible as well.
We left Canyonlands about 11:30 and drove into Moab for lunch. After lunch we drove up past Moab a few miles to Arches National Park, again expecting crowded conditions. Arches National Park is a must see for everyone. It was a little overcast and with the exception of a couple of stops within the park, things were not crowded. Even though Arches is considered one of the smaller National Parks, it is still very large. As I mentioned above, we were both pretty tired from yesterday and the plan was if it was overly crowded, were just going to stay for a short while.
Again, it was not very crowded and the sights were awe inspiring! The arches and rock formations were truly something to see and we had been to Monument Valley yesterday. Not to take anything away from Monument Valley, but Arches was well worth the trip!
We had originally planned to spend two days in Moab thinking we would need both days but now we have decided to move on toward home tomorrow. We had originally planned to spend two nights in Canon City, CO visiting relatives but since one of our relatives has company and we could not get in touch with the other, we decided to just spend the night and move on the next day toward Amarillo.