Page and Four Corners

Trip Start Jul 23, 2000
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Trip End Aug 21, 2000


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Friday, July 28, 2000

Last night was the longest night's sleep I have had to date. A full 8 hours!



We broke camp early and were on the road for 8 o’clock.

After leaving the forest area, we were soon driving alongside the Vermillion Cliffs towards Navajo Bridge. Again, the countryside was spectacular with its tall, crumbling sandstone mountains and massive, never ending plains.

Forty miles later, we had reached Navajo Bridge were we crossed and saw for the first time on this trip, the River Colorado.

We stopped there and crossed the adjacent footbridge to get a view of the River Colorado.

*N.B I have just realised a mistake. When we crossed the Hoover Dam, we also crossed the Colorado River!

Anyway, we left there, doubled back along the other side of the river (Echo Cliffs) and headed towards Page, Arizona.

When we arrived at Page, we decided to go and have a look at Lake Powell which leads into the Glen Canyon Visitor Centre. By this time it was 112 degrees Fahrenheit!

We took a wonderful tour of the dam which involved walking:

1)      Across the top of the dam;

2)    Into a lift which dropped 527 feet to the bottom of the dam;

3)    Through the service tunnels;

4)    Through the hydro-electricity plant;

5)    To a view of the river.

This was a really unexpected an exciting experience.

From Page, we drove past Monument Valley and towards 4 corners. Four Corners is the meeting place of 4 states: Utah (top left), Colorado (top right), Arizona (bottom left) and New Mexico (bottom right).

Having taken in my 36th state (New Mexico) we headed back to Utah and then camped in Needles, an area of Canyonlands National Park.

After setting up camp and eating, we spent the evening with Sarah (a park volunteer) who gave a wonderful talk about the Indian Rock art (as the sun went down).

Finally after looking at the stars and enjoying the campfire, it ws the end of another perfect day.
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