Need a desert fix? Here's an easy daytrip

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Need a desert fix? Here's an easy daytrip

Sand Island, Valley of the Gods are close by in Utah
The Moki cliff road is fairly steep with very tight switchbacks and lots of washboard. There are lots of signs on the approach warning against driving it with a big RV, commercial truck, or if towing anything.
A pullout place near the top of the Moki cliff road is a great place to eat lunch and look at the expansive view. In the distance are the geological folds along the San Juan River.
The San Juan River goosenecks are an easy photo stop, although wind is often an issue there. I leave my hat in the car, so it can't sail off into the depths. Getting all the goosenecks into one photo requires a wide angle lens or the "stitcher" function on digital photos; also a willingness to stand in a more precarious place than for this view.
The Valley of the Gods road loops past tall spires and balancing rocks. The light and shadow patterns change constantly. The road is passable for regular cars and a good place for fat tire bike rides. Traffic is sparse. But wind can be an issue.
Photo by Carole McWilliams

Sand Island just west of Bluff, Utah, has several easily-viewed petroglyph panels, such as this one. Visitors also can camp or picnic there, and it is a boat put-in and take-out place for the San Juan River.

Need a desert fix? Here's an easy daytrip

The Moki cliff road is fairly steep with very tight switchbacks and lots of washboard. There are lots of signs on the approach warning against driving it with a big RV, commercial truck, or if towing anything.
A pullout place near the top of the Moki cliff road is a great place to eat lunch and look at the expansive view. In the distance are the geological folds along the San Juan River.
The San Juan River goosenecks are an easy photo stop, although wind is often an issue there. I leave my hat in the car, so it can't sail off into the depths. Getting all the goosenecks into one photo requires a wide angle lens or the "stitcher" function on digital photos; also a willingness to stand in a more precarious place than for this view.
The Valley of the Gods road loops past tall spires and balancing rocks. The light and shadow patterns change constantly. The road is passable for regular cars and a good place for fat tire bike rides. Traffic is sparse. But wind can be an issue.
Photo by Carole McWilliams

Sand Island just west of Bluff, Utah, has several easily-viewed petroglyph panels, such as this one. Visitors also can camp or picnic there, and it is a boat put-in and take-out place for the San Juan River.
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