When we decided to head for Utah and Bryce and Zion Canyons, we had no idea what to expect – really, we’d heard about the canyons, but knew nothing else about Utah. And then when we crossed into this state from Colorado, we wondered ‘why would ANYBODY want to come to such desolation?’. Our first destination was Moab, simply because this was far enough to drive that day. And then we got there – and oh, my goodness, the wonders there were to see! We delayed our reservation near Bryce Canyon to stay an extra day and take in something of this area. This has been the most amazing state, and we can’t believe that we haven’t heard more about it. So sharing all that we saw is going to take probably 4 posts. One for the Moab area, one for the Bryce/Zion Canyon area, one just to show you the views and terrain as we drove through, and then maybe one for some history just because I love history.
So here’s the first – a drive through Utah, well actually several days’ driving, but this will simply be a pictorial. They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, and honestly, I have no words to describe some of this beauty. And, in fact, some of the desolation – our first couple of hours was through completely drab country with little indication of civilization except for signs to ‘towns’ that said, over and over, “No Services”. Then as we drove from Moab to Bryce Canyon, we came to a sign that said there was no fuel for 110 miles, and actually it was 105 miles before we saw anything that told us there were people living here – it was this ranch:
At one rest stop (and there were lots, with lots of signs to encourage drowsy drivers to pull over), we read this plaque:
So here’s just some of the scenery – enjoy the drive:
And Salt Lake City’s ‘sky’ line has the mountains for a backdrop:
Are you anywhere near as amazed as we were? Just wait – there’s more to come! Blessings, Peg