Well we have survived another Christmas and with no travels in the immediate future here are some more of our favorite places.
After exploring much of southwestern Utah we decided to check out the other side of the state and see what was going on over there. We flew into to Denver and enjoyed a scenic 5+ hour ride to Moab with good weather the whole way. We stayed one night at the Hampton Inn in downtown Moab which was a decent hotel within walking distance of the shops and restaurants. The remainder of our trip was spent at the Red Cliff Lodge, a 25 minute drive along the Colorado River which was great for awhile but became a little tiresome the 5th or 6th time we did it. The lodge itself was surrounded by gorgeous views in every direction creating a feeling of serenity whenever we were there.
Not to be missed are the nearby National Parks the Arches and Canyonlands, both are amazing, but the hidden gem was Dead Horse State Park where the views were stunning and we hiked for 3 miles without seeing another soul only to come across the incredible vistas of Dead Horse Point.
A long but worth it day trip to Monument Valley to ride horses with a Native American Guide completed our Moab stay. Moab is a cool little town with great shops and restaurants to explore and in late April was quiet and peaceful without the summer crowds we had heard about. Don’t miss the La Sal loop road, a scenic wonderful drive through the mountains above Moab!