Heber City, UT to Alpine, AZ is more than a one day drive when hauling The Beast, so I broke up that leg of the journey by stopping, for no other reason, in Blanding, UT. And, a bit out of the norm, I decided to stop for 2 nights. Good call.
Blanding is in southeast Utah, not far from the Four Corners state line convergence. It’s mostly desert and red rocks, but there is a snow capped mountain not too far away.
First stop today was at Goosenecks State Park. Spectacular views of the canyon cut by the San Juan River:
As noted on the plaque, the top of the canyon is 1000 feet above the river. So my question is: which of these rocks will be next to fall into the abyss below? And when? 100 years? A thousand?
When you get down to the level of the river, it’s a big ole muddy thang.
Next up was Monument Valley, which I thought was a National Park, but no. It is part of the Navajo Reservation, so it does have federal protection. The scenery is just amazing.
South of Blanding is a little town called Bluff, very aptly named. It’s down in a canyon with bluffs rising up from the road.
I especially got a kick out of their “welcome to Bluff” sign, which indicated it was established in 650 AD.
There’s another formation in the area called Mexican Hat, for obvious reasons.
I don’t know what claim to fame Blanding may make, but ya gotta love a town that has a combination gas station/convenience store/A&W Root Beer stand (with drive-thru)/bowling alley.
And the bowling alley is legit. Six lanes or so, nice looking. Is this a great country or what?