Monument Valley and the Four Corners

Today took us from Page, AZ to Cortez, CO. Our goals were to see Monument Valley along the Utah/Arizona border, and to visit a remote tourist stop – the four corners monument where the state borders of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado come together. Also another goal, survive the heat of this desert region.

Here is a map showing our travels for the day.

 

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We headed out of Page on US-89 towards the south east. This highway cuts thru the desert on Indian Reservation land. We wanted an early start in order to maximize travel during the cool morning temps.

Shortly after turning north east on US-160 we took a little break. If you travel in this area, don’t expect rest area or roadside parks.

Break time! (notice our bench)

 

Northeastern Arizona scenery along US-160.

 

 

A long, straight road. You can see for many miles in the desert.

 

We stopped briefly in the small desert town of Kayenta. These horses were just hanging out by McDonalds – no fences needed.

 

At Kayenta, you turn north on highway US-163. Within 20 miles or so Monument Valley comes into view. Here is one of the first buttes that you see.

 

The next few photos were taken in Monument Valley. Actually it’s not a valley at all, just a wide open stretch of desert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We did not realize that this was not a National Park, but the name of the park is ‘Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. It is administered by the Navajo Nation. They have a very nice visitor center. Note – cash only to get into the visitor center.

Had to take a picture of this couple with there BMW R1200GS. The GS was hands down the most popular dual sport bike that we saw in the west. They were from Vancouver BC, and we had met them 2 days before in Boulder, UT. Ran into them again at the visitor center, a delightful couple. Not sure how the riding pants work out in the 100 degree plus desert heat.

 

Had to snap a photo of another GS in the visitor center parking lot.

 

Heading further north on US-163 in Utah we came to Mexican Hat, Utah – a city named for this rock! By this time we had shed our riding jackets and switch to our desert riding attire. Our Tourmaster riding jackets are comfortable up to 95 degrees, after that they need to come off, especially with the sun baring down.

 

Four Corner Monument. Ours is a long distance relationship! Dave is in Utah and Arizona and I’m in Colorado and New Mexico! (note our desert riding attire, the pants are very light weight)

 

I’ve always wanted to try this! It is very yummy! (I must say the one thing I hate about riding is the lovely helmet hair!)

 

After this stop, within an hour we arrived in Cortez, CO – our stop for the night. By 5 pm the temps have peaked for the day. We end the trip in 104 degree temps. We are beginning to wonder about this weather!

 

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2 thoughts on “Monument Valley and the Four Corners

  1. Everything looks so beautiful !!

  2. Dan and Betty Haraburda

    Greetings from Yellowstone – temperature about 75. We have seen some temps in the high 90’s in Wyoming and S Dakota but nothing like what you are seeing. You certainly have been through some spectacular scenery – Brice and Black Canyon are incredible. Take care

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