Posts Tagged ‘petroglyphs’

Valley of the Gods & Monument Valley

6th February 2011 by Helen

This morning we took a walk around Sand Island and looked at some more petroglyphs here before heading off to drive through the Valley of the Gods.  Driving through the Navajo Indian Reservation we posed for photos in front of the Mexican Hat monument before stopping for lunch at San Juan cafe in the town of Mexican Hat.  We had a great chat with a local Indian artist working at the cafe before heading off again through Monument Valley down to Flagstaff (on Route 66).  By now it was dark and the rest area was closed so we stopped at the truckers garage (Pilot) for the night.  The roads through the Valley of the Gods and Monument Valley were ‘off road’ but in good condition and an easy drive for a 4×4.  Drove 294 miles today.

Newspaper Rock & Combe Ridge

5th February 2011 by Helen

Beautifully sunny day as we continued out of this area of canyons.   First we stopped at Newspaper Rock – a small section of black rock covered in ancient petroglyphs – before passing through a couple of small towns, where we stopped for some lunch before driving the scenic route alongside Combe Ridge later in the afternoon and enjoyed the beautiful sunset along this way.  Finally we stopped at a campsite at a place called Sand Island just outside the town of Bluff.  Drove 218 miles today.

Newspaper Rock, The Needles National Park, Utah

Newspaper Rock, The Needles National Park, UtahComb Ridge