I used to give my mom a hard time about reading James Michener novels, while I enjoyed the story, it made me crazy that he always started with the formation of the earth. I figured if I started a third of the way in, I might get to skip that part. Now, I have found, when you travel, those things come to mind.
Four Corners in the Southwest is the spot where you can stand to be in four states at one time, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. The Four Corners area has some fascinating rock structures, pinnacles that reach high in to the air with no apparent notice leading up to them. These aren’t rock ledges, these are just rocks. Shiprock truly stands in the middle of the desert like a ship on the horizon. Others of less fame stand as lone sentinels. The desert surrounds for as far as the eye can see.
If you continue traveling north through Cortez and Dove Creek, Colorado and follow the road up through Monticello and Moab, you are treated to magnificent views and two National Parks. Canyonlands on the south end of Moab and Arches on the North. Incredible views set aside for all of us to enjoy. I’m a big fan of National Parks, H & I spent a summer traveling and visited 17 of them in 30 days – but that’s another story.
From our perspective, Moab is the motherland. It is home to some of the best wheeling anywhere. As we drive through, Big points out the road to BFE, on the right is Upper Proving Grounds, his favorite, is southwest of Moab, a place called Pritchett Canyon. He regularly talks about his runs there.
There is a huge push in Utah to keep trails open and find a way for everyone to share the trails. Through the efforts of our friend,Tacoma, and many others with the Utah 4 Wheel Drive Association and local clubs like the Red Rock Wheelers, they are being successful. This is a group effort and takes everyone, I don’t mean to diminish the part of anyone involved, your help is invaluable. So Utahans, keep up the good work, with our thanks.