Cowboys and Horses

IMG_20150405_171905011Moab, Utah is known for its many trails, whether motorized, bicycled or hiked. The views are spectacular, red rocks as far as the eye can see. Two National Parks are designated there, Arches and Canyons, both offer extraordinary scenery.

One of the places we’ve never taken in is Dead Horse Point, we took a drive up there on Easter Sunday to see the views it has to offer. Dead Horse Point is a Utah State Park, entry fee is $10 without a State Park pass. It is high on the mountain overlooking the curve of the Colorado River. The views are expansive.

There are many trails, including a paved walking path that gives you 270 degree views of the area off the Point. The vantage points you can gain from this view are tremendous.

The park is named Dead Horse Point for a legend that exists from the Old West. It is rumored that during a roundup of wild horses, the horses were corralled at the end of the peninsula, and then the land bridge was blocked off. Since the only escape was a 2000 foot drop over the embankment, when the cowboys didn’t return to claim their horses after the roundup, the horses starved to death. No one knows why the cowboys didn’t return.
Dead Horse Point State Park should be added to your list of Moab destinations.

If you just need an easy getaway, without the stress of trail riding, and without the crowds, it is worth the trek up the mountain to the park. Bring your walking shoes and your camera to get the most out of your visit.

Incredible Rocks

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.