Leaving Monument Valley I headed north to Natural Bridges National Monument. It was a matter to heading northeast then north then west, with the last 40 miles being scenic at times.
I got to the monument mid afternoon to find their small campground was full, not a surprise. I was directed down the road about 6 miles to a BLM site. I pulled into the site to find a mix of Rvs from a couple of ritzy class As to a Chalet and one of everything in between. The Casita fit right in. I unhitched and went back into the park to do the 5 mile loop drive to see the bridges and get an idea for photographing them around sunset. Unfortunately the 3 bridges are all way down in the gorge and unless you are prepared to hike down the views are really that great and when I went by later in the day I found them all in shadow. Oh well, a learning experience! I also learned that the Bridges are formed by a river eroding the rock out, and Arches are formed by wind and rain, not rivers.
That evening the Ranger did a talk about astronomy. The park has a huge telescope which he had out and we got to see the rings around Saturn, some of Jupiter’s moons and other things. Natural Birdges is one of the darkest places in the country and a mecca for astronomers due to the lack of manmade ambient light.
Leaving the park I took a couple of photos,
I left the BLM site the 3rd and headed to Canyonlands NP, Needles section. Monticello, the closes town is 20 miles south of the turn off to the park. Once on the turnoff you drive 35 miles to the park.
Part of the road it open desert, then you drop down into Indian Creek area for several miles, then you are up into the desert again. A very interesting drive
but not one I’d want to do often. I’m so glad I decided not to stop in Monticello but to take a chance on finding a campsite closer to the park.
Before I left on this trip I got a Wilson Cell phone booster and an extra, longer antenna (it is about 14″ compared to the short 4″ one that comes with the “Home kit”. It works great! I’m camped at Needles Outpost campground with no cell service at my campsite. But I drive around the corner to the office and the cell signal booster brings my phone from 0 bars up to 5 bars so I can get online.