Our second and third day of the trip were filled with many miles of landscape. We knew we wanted to stop and take in some of the sights but also had a long day of driving ahead of us. First stop was Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah. It is breathtakingly beautiful. The Colorado river runs through it and has created some spectacular scenes. We walked around and took some photos. A few of them are included in the slide show.
Second stop was Canyonlands National Park. I'm sure there are plenty of hikes and other adventures inside, but we had many miles to go and two more stops. About 10 years ago, my dad purchased a lifetime pass to all national parks so we didn't regret staying only a few minutes. The daily vehicle fee is $30.00. We got in and out at a good time because we only waited about 10 minutes to enter and when we left the line was past the 30 minute marker.
Third stop was Arches National Park. I would love to tell you how beautiful it was and share some amazing photos, but I can't because we didn't get to go inside. This year they are testing out a pilot program. It requires you to purchase a timed entry ticket. This is information I learned as we sat in line waiting to turn around a since I was unaware of this before our arrival. So I'm letting you know that if you are planning to visit Arches, you MUST make your reservation online up to 3 months in advance of your visit! Click here for the link.
Fourth stop was Four Corners Monument Navajo Tribal Park. The road to get here definitely felt like the road less traveled or maybe the broken road. We even considered skipping it but we had come this far already. I think we were both pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed it. We stood in line for about 30 minutes in 100 degree heat. We struck up a conversation with the family ahead of us that made the time move faster and occupied 3 energetic boys. Dad even let me take his photo on the 4 corners.
After all our stops and photos, we had to get in about another 350 miles. We made it to Santa Rosa, NM for the night. The first hotel we tried was full. Thankfully, the second had a room available. We were tired and hungry so we decided that getting anything out of the car top carrier could wait until morning.