163 Kms from Mexican Hat
Day 9: Moab, UT — A 3 hour smooth ride south-east from Salt Lake City will get you to a place which lies atop a salt bed, believe it or not, which was the result of a sea evaporating over which sandstone was deposited giving it’s famous rusty red color. The beautiful Arches National Park. I don’t know if it sounds strange but US-191 is actually built on Moab Fault. ON a tectonic fault! I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like that!
262 Kms from Mexican Hat
Bryce Canyon, UtahThis collection of large natural amphitheaters is famous for its hoodoos, geological structures formed by frost weather and stream erosion. The orange, red, and white rocks are a beautiful sight and only roughly 50 miles from Zion National Park.
179 Kms from Mexican Hat
Day 10: Page, AZ — Traveling is never complete without good food and meeting new people. On my way to Monument Valley I stopped by an unknown town called Blanding in UT where I sat down with a couple of ranchers over lunch in a local restaurant. We talked about life in cities and towns and how much they like living in their ranches with all the space and time they get over a Navajo bread burrito, one of the best breads I ate. For anyone who remembers the famous scene form Forrest Gump where he stops running. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKKmzmeU5-0).