The trip is from Natchez Trace, Tennessee, to Dodge City, Kansas, by way of Tucson, Arizona.
Monument Valley, Arizona
We drove out of Zion NP the same way we came in, which meant we had to be escorted through the two tunnels again. We drove east out of the park on Rte. 9 back to Mt. Carmel Junction, then turned south on Hwy 89. In Kanab, rather than continue south on 89A, the way we had come, we instead turned east on 89. This took us into the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument. Which meant another incredible drive. Hwy 89 turned southeast, and we drove out of Utah into Arizona. Our first stop of the day was to see the Glen Canyon Dam on Lake Powell.
We drove across the Colorado River.
And drove south on Hwy 89 into Page, where we turned east on Rte. 98. We continued to Hwy. 160, where we turned northeast. At the small town of Kenyata we turned north on Rte. 163. All the while we passed striking scenery.
We followed it to the cut-off for Monument Valley. At the end of a gravel road we came to a motel which, seen in the lower left of the photo, was dwarfed by the rock formations towering above.
There were also simple cabins.
The campground was little more than a parking lot.
But what a view!
For miles around these unique rock formations rose up out of the flat desert floor.
We ate dinner at the restaurant in the motel, and I had a delicious Navajo dish. We picked up some more souvenirs in their gift shop, then had a quiet night out here in the middle of nowhere. It was a beautiful sunset.
Next Location is Mesa Verde, Colorado