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.
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
I’m not going to try to explain the 300 million years of geology that has resulted in what we see today in Arches National Park (pics), you can read all about it here. The result is that the Entrada Sandstone gives us over 2,000 natural stone arches along with massive fins, pinnacles and balanced rocks.