Day 9: Departing Moab

The mountains surrounding Moab

The mountains surrounding Moab

Our trek from Arches to Bryce Canyon took a scenic route along one of the most desolate and beautiful roads we have followed so far, taking us through the alien and breathtakingly beautiful parts of Utah that few must know about, considering the lack of traffic on this two lane highway.

Using the GPS, our first setting was Hanksville; if we merely used Bryce, it would have taken us on a route along the interstate. Hanksville sits at about the same latitude as Moab, but there isn’t a more direct route other than driving north for 30 odd miles to Interstate 70, driving west on the interstate, then driving south again. This takes us out past Arches – in fact, if we hadn’t taken Route 128 we would have followed this route south yesterday, and it’s views are not nearly as breathtaking once we pass the entry to Arches and its winding drive up a sheer red wall.

 

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