|Keira loving the desert, Valley of the Gods, Utah.|
The Valley of the Gods is located about 40 miles north-east of the much more famous Monument Valley, and although the sandstone formations might not be quite as grand, they are well worth this little side trip. This valley is also a lot more remote than the well visited Monument. There are no gift shops here, no fees, & no tours. There is also no water, no bathrooms and no facilities what-so-ever. Just a sign post (where you can get a description of the formations) and a 17 mile dirt road (FR 242). The road is in fairly good condition with a few lumps and bumps here and there, and should be just fine for most cars with a decent clearance (as long as the weather cooperates).
|Sign post at the start of the 17 mile Valley of the Gods Road|
|The Valley of the Gods & Cedar Mesa as seen from Highway 163.|
|The Valley of the Gods Road, Utah|
|The Valley of the Gods|
Once the shadows began to overtake us, we turned north and headed up the side of Cedar Mesa via the Moki Dugway. I had to look up what a dugway was. Basically, it's a road dug into the side of a hill or below the surface. This particular dugway is a three mile, crazy, twisty, section of road dug into the side of Cedar Mesa. In that three miles of twists and turns, the road climbs 1100 ft, each bend offering another spectacular view.
|The Valley of the Gods as seen from The Moki Dugway at Sunset.|
Fall Road Trip 2011 - California to Colorado
Fall Road Trip 2011 - Part II - Misc. Colorado Including Grand Mesa
Fall Road Trip 2011 - Part III - Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Telluride & The Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
Hovenweep National Monument
And that's it for now. Check out the slideshow for full sized photos (16 of them). Just click below.
|Fall Road Trip 2011 - Valley of the Gods & The Moki Dugway|