Page is a town that came into existence with the building of the Glen Canyon Dam which created Lake Powell. In Page we parked at the Page-Lake Powell Campground.
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 feet above the valley floor. It is located on the Arizona–Utah border, near the Four Corners area. The valley lies within the territory of the Navajo Nation Reservation.
Back in 2015, we traveled through Utah, visiting all five national parks in the state. One of our stops was Moab. From there we had the chance to see Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park.
Canyonlands is a large park, specifically, 337,598 acres. It consists of 3 districts. The Island in the Sky district is closest to Moab and the most visited. This is the part we saw back in 2015. The Needles district occupies the southeastern part of the park and is close to Monticello. This is the portion we visited on this trip. The Maze district in the southwestern part of the park is very remote and is only accessible by 4 wheel drive vehicles and for backcountry exploration. Continue reading
Our main objective for stopping in Cortez was to visit nearby Mesa Verde National Park. In Cortez, we parked at La Mesa RV Park.
At around 500 A.D., groups of Native Americans living in the four corners region began moving onto Mesa Verde. The four corners area consists of southwestern Colorado, northwestern New Mexico, northeastern Arizona and southeastern Utah. These groups had already developed farming skills and no longer needed to remain mobile in order to follow game migrations. So they could “put down roots” so to speak and stay put in one place. Continue reading