4 Corners, Valley of the Gods, Natural Bridges
Trip Start Nov 15, 2011
199Trip End Nov 14, 2012
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Valles RV Park
We finally arrived at our campsite at Mexican Hat; another very basic site, but cheap. The 'town' has the only gas station for miles, a motel, a snack bar, and a few houses. The town is named after a rock formation which looks like a Mexican hat. As the sun was setting we walked along by the San Juan River; the rocks were so red, and the sky was beautiful.
Today we started at Four Corners, where Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico meet
After that we had the choice of returning to the campsite or going to Natural Bridges National Monument; Cliff chose Natural Bridges. We hadn't gone far along the road when we encountered a large sign saying '10% grade, 5mph switchbacks, narrow gravel road for 3 miles, 800 feet ahead'. While in the Valley of the Gods Christine had been photographing the cliffs on the edge of the valley, because of the colours - we had no idea that we were about to drive up the cliff face! Cliff's comments ranged from "oh look at the view, quick take a photo" when the drop was on Christine's side of the road, to "ohhh sh*t!!!" when it was on his side, especially as there are no barriers on the edge of the road.
We eventually made it to the top and continued slowly on our way, only to be stopped by some cows being herded down the middle of the road - not sure what was wrong with the huge grass verge they could have been using!
At Natural Bridges we drove round the one way (narrow) road, and climbed over a few rocks to see the bridges. It's amazing how these things are formed. Then it was time to head back, and we discovered that the quickest way was back the way we had come - down the cliff face! It actually didn't seem so bad coming back, and the views were stunning.