August 21, Monument Valley UT to Natural Bridges NM UT

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Today was a fun day for us. We drove the 17 mile Monument Valley road. Ron was talking about how Scout allowed us to explore back roads that we would not be able to do in our Sprinter when we were passed by Hyundai Elantra rental car! Anyway the drive is everything we expected it to be, and the formations in Monument Valley are among the more picturesque we have seen in a short area.

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In the morning as we were packing up for the day our neighbor came over and told us that we really needed to also visit the Valley of the Gods. It is a 17 mile gravel road maintained by the Bureau of Land Management, and I enjoyed it more than Monument Valley. The mountains and land forms are not as picturesque as Monument Valley but I think overall are just as spectacular. We stopped about half way and had a picnic with stunning scenary for 360 degrees.

By the time we had finished those two drives we had to make a decision whether to return to Monument Valley for the night or to push west until we were tired, ultimately we decided to go west and as we were driving we saw signs for Natural Bridges National Monument so we decided to make that the target for the night. I am glad we did as it was a clean facility that made a really favorable first impression. The campground was small and spotless and we got a really pretty site. The three natural bridges were impressive.

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