Last Updated: 17-AUG-2016

Part 02 - West Trip 2003 -- SEP 10 -> 27 Day 10 -> 19

SEP 18 THU Day 10 -- Torry to Cottonwood Canyon


We only have appx. 164 miles to go today over some of the most scenic roads in the world so it will be a easy day


Rockhounding along Notam Road A excelent area to explore and its on BLM land (For the most part)

Its a bit windy. Gusts into the 50 mph range

Along Utah 24 near Fruita

Petroglyphs near Fruita

The "you pick" apple area in Fruita

Along Utah 12. The road cuts across the south eastern edge of the Aquarius Plateau. The Aquarius Plateau is a physiographic region within Garfield and Wayne counties in south-central Utah. The plateau, an uplift on the much larger Colorado Plateau, is the highest in North America. It is over 900 square miles (2330 kmē) of mostly forested highland, much of which is part of Dixie National Forest.

The plateau includes Boulder Mountain which peaks at 11328 feet at Bluebell Knoll and has over 50,000 acres (200 kmē) of rolling hilly terrain above 11,000 feet (3350 m).

Looking north across Torry at Flat Top (El. 11,305)

Looking east at the La Sals on the other side of Moab over 120 miles away

Looking South East over Capitol Reef NP at the Henry Mountains appx. 30 miles away. To the left of the Henrys you can make out the Abajo Mountains appx. 90 miles away.

We then stopped at Point Lookout (El. 9,500)

Wide look of the Kaiparowits Plateau and Fifty mile Mountain (all 50 miles of it too) At the far end is Navajo Mountain right on the Utah / Arizona line appx. 75 miles away.

Close-up of Navajo Mountain (EL. 10,388) 75 miles away on the other side of Lake Powell

This photo is one of the most amazing distance shots I have ever seen in the west. Looking over Kaiparowits Plateau (already at 40 miles) you can see the Kaibab Plateau (The North Rim of the Grand Canyon) located 100-120 miles away. I will be standing at Point Imperial (EL. 8,803) tomorrow looking back at Aquarius Plateau.

Looking across the area we are about to drive

Sign at the lookout: As clear as the eye can see Did you know that the entire state of Connecticut , or the European country of Luxembourg can fit in the space before you ? Notice the amount of space that remains.

Looking west towards Powell Point

Welcome to Grand Staircase Escalante, National Monument


On a clear day you can see forever Henry Mountains in the distance


Navajo Mountain (EL. 10,388)

South East of Escalante, Utah we headed down Hole in the rock Road

We stopped at Devils Garden


A look at Powell Point (EL. 10,188) This was used as a landmark survey point in 1869-1872

Looking West towards Bryce Canyon National Park


SEP 19 FRI Day 11 -- Cottonwood Canyon Road


The mostly unpaved Cottonwood Canyon Road is a relatively popular cross-country route through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, starting from US 89 near milepost 18, and eventually leading past Kodachrome Basin State Park to Cannonville on UT 12. Some sections of the road are rather steep and narrow, with overhanging rocks, but 2WD cars usually can make the 47 mile journey although for a few hours after heavy rains the route may be impassable even by 4WD vehicles. The surrounding land has much of interest to explore; slot canyons, arches, springs and endless colorful, eroded rocky scenery.

We drove the road from North to South.

Grosvenor Arch - 17 miles from in from Cannonville is the turn off to Grosvenor Arch, the prime natural feature along the Cottonwood Canyon Road. This is a large, spectacular double arch at the end of an isolated ridge of yellowish-white Henrieville sandstone, and is one of the most photographed places in the national monument.

Cottonwood Wash Narrows - After a lengthy stretch along the main valley, the creek takes an abrupt turn west and thereafter flows through a much narrower canyon;

This is where we started our hike into the Cottonwood Wash Narrows.




The road continues north between ridges of The Coxcomb.

The Coxcomb - an elongated series of ridges running along the valley, created by erosion of upwardly-pointing folded rock layers. The rocks at either side have strange faded whitish-grey colours; steep, tilted cliffs again with almost no trees or bushes

There is a general air of remoteness, only slightly spoilt by rather conspicuous telephone wires that run alongside the course of the creek, which is dry for most of the year.

Mollys Nipple - is a mountain summit in Davis County in the state of Utah (UT). Mollys Nipple climbs to 5,328 feet (1,623.97 meters) above sea level. Mollys Nipple is located at latitude - longitude coordinates (also called lat - long coordinates or GPS coordinates) of N 40.874943 and W -112.188002.

Anyone attempting to climb Mollys Nipple and reach the summit should look for detailed information on the Mollys Nipple area in the topographic map (topo map) and the Antelope Island South USGS quad.


SEP 20 SAT Day 12 -- Driving into Arizona, Around Page, Arizona and a trip to the North Rim and back

Approaching Arizona

View of the Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam

The wonderful power plant Navajo Power Station. Ya right !! Not good... But we need it someplace.

Page AZ, off in the distance

Heading south on US-89 via Antelope Pass

Day trip from Page to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon The entrance station along AZ-67 South

Rescue chopper

Views along the Cape Royal Road

Looking south over the canyon at the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff appx. 80 miles away. Also, large forest fires were visable

Looking down at the Colorado river over a mile below us.

Mary with the the San Francisco Peaks in the background

Views along Cape Royal Road


The river thru the rocks


Point Imperial

The sign that tells you what you can see in the next photo.

It was very clear. We could easily see Vermilion Cliffs, The area around Lees Ferry and Marble canyon. With the spotting scope we could see the Henry mountians over 130 miles away.

Looking to the NNE up at Powell Point west of Escalante, Utah. This is appx. 75 miles away.

Looking south over the North Rim of the canyon at the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff appx. 90 miles away.

Looking East towards The Gap and Tuba city. A great deal of nothing.

Heading north along AZ-67. We stopped at one of the small ponds along the road.

Heading back to Page from the North Rim

The interesting colors along the Vermilion Cliffs. This is my favorite part of Arizona. Wide open and no people !

The Scary Larry clean up sign


Navajo Bridge

The new sign for the OLD bridge... 1927-1928 This was the wild west back then !! Also, the new bridge South of the old one

Sunset along US-89. Almost back to Page


SEP 21 SUN Day 13 -- Two days out on Lake Powell with a over-night on the boat


Going out for two days on the lake


Sunset with fireworks

Day two






Whole in the Rock

Exploring the lake




Floating restrooms

Exploring the lake




Looking at the back of Glen Canyon Dam from the lake


Back to Rolands


Sunset looking at Navajo Mountain


SEP 22 MON Day 14 -- Ken and Mary's day trips


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Mary's daytrip with Kathy














Ken's daytrip to Flagstaff






SEP 23 TUE Day 15 -- Back to Utah and the Smokey Mountain Road and on to Moab


Welcome back to Utah





Taken with new camera

Taken with old camera

Taken with new camera

Taken with old camera



SEP 24 WED Day 16 -- Canyonlands Day 1


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Canyonlands Day One


SEP 26 FRI Day 18 -- Canyonlands Day Two and Dead Horse State Park


Views along the Colorado River from Potash Road

Nice drop-offs along the Potash road

Views along the road heading towards White Rim Road from Moab (Potash Road)


Musselman arch

Ken and Mary on the arch


Now the fun starts !! Shafer Trail (switchbacks) The road was really bad and my truck was too wide is some places. But, I could not turn back so we kept going !

Views alomg the switchbacks


Views from the top of Shafer Trail


Dead Horse State Park

We have been to Canyonlands a number of times but we always passed on the State Park. With the weather perfect we gave it a look

Mary looking down on Potash Road with the La Sal Mountains in the background.

Looking down at the Shafer Trail where it starts up the rim. We were just on that 2 hours ago.

Colorado River views

Various Views


More views

Looking south at the Abajo Mountains near Monticello, Utah

Looking North towards Green River

Looking East towards the La Sal Mountains appx. 30 miles away. The La Sal Mountains are Utah's second highest mountain range. They rise impressively above the red rock canyon country of southeastern Utah. The range contains 6 peaks that rise above 12,000 feet, the tallest being Mount Peale at 12,721 feet. Covered with thick aspen and fir forests and dotted with mountain lakes, the La Sals are a cool oasis within the often difficult environment of the surrounding desert.

Views of Moab from the Sunset Grill up on the hill. The food was good too


SEP 27 SAT Day 19 -- The drive home


We left Moab, Utah aroun 7 am and drove to Hayes, Kansas Appx. 700 miles for a easy first day.

The next day was the biggie. We departed Hayes at 7 am and drove to New Kensington, PA for a impressive 1,130 miles. It was a long day ! After a stay with the folks we had a easy 250 miles home.

Driving is the only way to go... No airport security issues... You can drive armed and bring back a couple of hundred pounds of rocks !!

One the way back home

La Sale Mountains East of Moab, Utah. Looks like fall has arrived.

The B and B that we stayed at back in 1998.

The upper end of the San Juan range in South West Colorado


Along US 40 in Colorado


East of Colorado Springs

Sunrise east of Hays Kansas

The Mississippi River. Not much good on the other side of the bridge


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