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South Eastern Utah including Monument Valley

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Don’t miss southeast Utah. This is a fascinating land with its Navajo Indian Nation, Monument Valley and the most complete Anasazi ruins and rock art. When I want to get away, I head to southeastern Utah.
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Entering Southeast Utah from Capitol Reef
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Bicentennial Scenic Byway

The Bicentennial Scenic Byway leads from Hanksville to Blanding. Red rock Canyons and Slick rock make this trip more like a backpack into the wilderness than a road.

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Natural Bridges National Monument

Take this hour excursion to the largest natural bridges in the world. The park is located right next to the main road.
 
The Blanding excursions
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Edge of the Cedars Museum

Base your Anasazi exploration around this excellent Museum in Blanding.

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Cedar Mesa Pottery

A Pottery factory opens its doors for visitors.

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Four Ruins Road

These four interpreted ruins are a short drive out of Blanding.
 
The Hovenweep – Four Corners Area
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Hovenweep

Hovenweep – Quiet, lonely and almost sacred in its spirit.

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Adakai Pottery

A Navajo Family pottery shop on the Reservation

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Four Corners Monument

Its not just the four states coming together, its a place to meet the Navajo on their own ground.
 
Monument Valley and Area
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Sand Island Rock Art Site

Nearly 100 yards of rock art, including 5 Kokopelli figures.

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The Power Drive

Just before Mexican Hat go up and down the Moki Dugway, visit Muley Point and then stop at the rim of the Goosenecks of the San Juan. I call it the Powerdrive.

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Monument Valley

Welcome to the home of the Navajo, nowhere in southern Utah will you get a better chance to meet this funloving people.
 
From Blanding to Moab
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Newspaper Rock State Park

A few miles off the main road, this panel represents over a thousand years of people travelling through the area.

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The Needles Overlook

Up the road and out to the canyons edge. Witness the work of the Colorado and Green Rivers.

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Needles Section of Canyonlands

A great place to camp and hike, it takes a while to get to, but if you have the time you will enjoy the quiet.
 
Twin Rocks, Blue Mountain – Trading posts Bluff and Blanding Burch’s Trading Post – Mexican Hat Comfort Inn – Blanding Four Corners Inn – Blanding Gateway, Best Western – Blanding Gouldings – Monument Valley Monticello, Days Inn Recapture Lodge – Bluff Totem Pole Tours – Bluff
 
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