From Monticello, we moved a little further south to Bluff, UT. There we parked at the Coral Sands RV Park.
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
A little north and west from Santa Fe you can find the 33,000 acre Bandelier National Monument (pics). Here on the Pajarito Plateau can be found evidence of human occupation dating back over 10,000 years. Volcanic eruptions from 1.5 million years ago sent 1,000 feet thick layers of ash across the landscape. As the ash cooled, it welded into a relatively soft rock called tuff.
To the west of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is Petroglyph National Monument. It occupies an area know as the West Mesa, a 17 mile long table of land west of the Rio Grande. It emerged about 200,000 years ago when lava flowed from a large fissure.