Sunday, May 3 and Monday May 4
After that tough ATV ride on Saturday afternoon we decided to take a couple days off—from ATVing that is! Yesterday we jumped in the big red Dodge and headed south to Canyonlands National Park. We visited Canyonlands with Geri and Larry last spring while in Moab but were in the Islands in the Sky district. Canyonlands is divided into three districts—Islands in the Sky, the Maze and the Needles which we visited on Sunday.
Just outside the park entrance is Newspaper Rock—I expected the site to be larger. It was sad to see the defacement—I highly doubt the natives drew the peace symbol!
The weather would go from sunny, blue skies to dark, brooding—it’s going to rain skies making for some good photos!
Today after a leisurely start we again jumped in the big red Dodge and headed this time to Monticello, Utah. Our first stop was a BLM office—I think we could have gone to a local kindergarten class and gotten more information about the area!!! Seriously—the guy manning the desk was clueless and they had NO maps! The BLM wants the public to follow the rules but this guy couldn’t even tell us which lines on the map constituted ATV trails—and he was supposedly their expert!
OK, deep breath—on to the visitor’s center where at least the young man could produce a map! There is a nice little pioneer museum attached to the visitor’s center too. Lunch, then we were heading toward home to retrieve Emmi and take off on another adventure—Looking Glass Rock. Gorgeous and we had the added bonus of seeing an owl nest with mom and two babies in residence!!!
Another great day in southern Utah!