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post #21 of 35 Old 04-11-2019, 12:29 AM
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Like someone mentioned, the Nevada desert is not very exciting from the road. I always felt you have to get adventurous and go exploring. The hills and mountains you see hide a lot inside and behind them.


I would like to see more of Utah too. Summer before last we took a little road trip on our way to Amarillo to pick up a stock trailer we bought. We went through the Arches National Park on the way down. Although beautiful the park was very crowded. We were there when the gates opened and we still waited a half hour to get in. And in July it got hot quickly so we limited our hiking. By time we left the park was really crowded. Moab is fun little tourist town with shops, restaurants and bars. On the way back we stayed the night and had great fun. We would like to go back and have some fun on the river or go jeeping.


Years ago when I took a job in Oklahoma I made a game of trying to get there on small two lane roads and highways. I had a lot of fun and saw some really neat country I would of missed on the freeway.
That was me--I said NV desert is boring--sorry!! But I totally agree it's much better if you stop and look around. We found an old miner's shack with the roof caved in and around back of it was the mine shaft entrance--so cool. I also loved all the Joshua trees and this pretty flower. And it was in NV that I first really saw the whole Milky Way at night--I was awestruck! We never made it to Moab in UT though--always meant to but didn't.
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This kind of discussion always makes me hungry for more. More! I wanna see all those places. But, I won't be able to. I must not let those feelings make me feel that my short trip, to only a small portion of the wonderful suggested locales, is not good enough.

My husband wants to go to Moab and arches national park.

Oh, and I'm all about surprises and treasures found on back roads!
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Moab and Arches are good places to start.

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That was me--I said NV desert is boring--sorry!! But I totally agree it's much better if you stop and look around. We found an old miner's shack with the roof caved in and around back of it was the mine shaft entrance--so cool. I also loved all the Joshua trees and this pretty flower. And it was in NV that I first really saw the whole Milky Way at night--I was awestruck! We never made it to Moab in UT though--always meant to but didn't.
Haha! No worries, I did not get offended by your observation!
Unfortunately, NV doesn't have the obvious beauty seen from the road UT has!

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So, we are flying to SLC, renting a car and heading to Moab. Four nights there, and then to Capitol Reef for 3 nights, then hustle back to SLC and fly home. I wish we had time to go south to Zion, or monument valley, but I am not one who likes to spend the whole vacation rushing to get somewhere, and never BEING there. As it is, we won't be able to see all that we'd like, but I think this will be a really nice trip. Besides, we can't afford much longer.!
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So, we are flying to SLC, renting a car and heading to Moab. Four nights there, and then to Capitol Reef for 3 nights, then hustle back to SLC and fly home. I wish we had time to go south to Zion, or monument valley, but I am not one who likes to spend the whole vacation rushing to get somewhere, and never BEING there. As it is, we won't be able to see all that we'd like, but I think this will be a really nice trip. Besides, we can't afford much longer.!
Sounds like a GREAT trip to me. Check out some guided horseback tours while you're there. There are native guides who do a phenomenal job.

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I’ve looked at that. Since I ride all the time, and my husband cares little for being horseback , we are thinking of doing a 4x4 Jeep your. As long as they are responsible towards preserving the delicate landscape.
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Iíve looked at that. Since I ride all the time, and my husband cares little for being horseback , we are thinking of doing a 4x4 Jeep your. As long as they are responsible towards preserving the delicate landscape.
Not sure about Utah, but I suspect they are otherwise they'd be out of business before too long, but I know in AZ they're pretty fanatic about it.

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ok. We spent our week in Utah. It was absolutely fabulous! Great time of year to go there. It was still quite green. Cool, too. In fact, it snowed in SLC while we were in Moab.


We hiked in Arches Nat. Park, which is a truly magical place!


Next day we checked out Dead horse park, and the north entrance to Canyonlands Nat. Park, and drove the Shafer trail. This is a dirt road that goes down some pretty hairy drops and switchbacks, and then winds through the Nat. park, along the creek bed and over some rough terrain ( kind of need some high clearance, and all wheel/4 wheel drive is pretty nice to have!). Took zillions of cool pictures.


Went to the Needles area of Canyonlands Nat. Park and did a 4 mile hike there that was just one spectacular view after another. But, boy did I struggle with the altitude! I come from Sea Level. This was somewhere betwee 5500 and 6000 feet of elevation. I was always sucking air!


Spent the last 3 days in Capitol Reef Nat. Park. Super gorgeous, primitive looking country. Drove the Burr Trail, and some other short hikes, though I was battling a cold.


All in all, this is a super destination for a road trip. I am so happy to have had this wonderful opportunity.
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