Kayenta, Monument Valley, Mexican Hat, Moab
My recent visits to the Grand Canyon and the Sunset Crater Volcano area took me through and past some other wonderful and amazing places. Among these were Moab, Utah, Monument Valley, and the Kayenta area. I was fortunate to travel through these places twice, so I had time to look, and look again. I’ll show you what I saw, traveling from south to north.
Navajo Volcanic Field – Kayenta
There are a handful of volcanic necks or plugs in the Kayenta area, about 100 miles north of Flagstaff. I found the largest plug, El Capitan, particularly enchanting. The shape and spiraling terraces make me think of fairy castles. As a gardener, I also think of what an amazing rock garden it would make. On a future return trip, I would like to get a better look at some of the other plugs in the area.
As I continue traveling north on 163, I start seeing the fantastic sandstone formations of Monument Valley. My photo is from a kind of first view area. As you can see, I resisted the temptation to stand in the middle of the road to capture this photo. That makes me kind of rare. On a future trip, I would love to spend more time in this area, perhaps even taking one of the tours.
The balanced rock called Mexican Hat was interesting, but just as interesting is the mesa visible beyond the hat. This mesa shows flat, horizontal layers at the top, then folded, diagonal layers sloping into the canyon. I had a bit of trouble keeping my eyes on the road.
The Wilson Arch
This arch is about 25 miles south of Moab, Utah. It is visible from the highway and there is a small parking area for your motoring convenience. I found the hike up to the arch not too difficult. My fitbit indicated a climb of 20 stories, but that’s not a very accurate measure. While I was there, a lovely Navajo girl was having her photo taken in the arch.
The Moab Brewery
I did not stop for lunch, so by the time I got to Moab and checked into my hotel I was famished. When asked about nearby dining with salads, the front desk person recommended the Moab Brewery. The menu offered 5 or 6 salad selections among many other tempting choices. I had a chicken fajita salad that ended my hunger for the rest of the evening.
Now please don’t chide me for not looking around more at Moab. I was traveling alone this time and was thinking of how much better the whole trip would be with my husband along. We have already made plans to spend some time in Moab, together. Stay tuned.