What wild, beautiful week.
We’ve spent the last seven days exploring the Four Corners region. Four Corners is where Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado meet. It’s remote, untamed, and nearly perfect in every way.
Mike picked me up from the airport in Grand Junction, Colorado late on Thursday night. We stayed the night at a campground in town and then struck out for the wilds. We started with a cruise through Colorado National Monument, which is a narrow, deep canyon outside of Fruita. It felt amazing to be back on the road.
We spent a long afternoon driving from Fruita to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park, which is south of Moab. Needles is far from the main road. As Hobbes weaved through the valley we saw groups of climbers and many, many camper vans. We spent the night outside of the park, in a beautiful BLM area called Hamburger Rocks. It was the start of our excellent camping luck.
The next morning we woke early and started the hike to Druid Arch. The hike followed along the bottom of a wash, and was long though not strenuous. We saw no one on the trail, but ran into a few people at the arch. A halo of vapor surrounded the arch in the afternoon light.
After a good night’s sleep in Combs Wash we spent a day exploring the area around Bear’s Ears National Monument and Natural Bridges National Park. Bear’s Ears was designated by President Obama and is being hotly contested by politicians. I’ll tell you what I know for sure: it’s a stunning part of the country.
To reach our next destination we had to drive down the Moki Dugway. The Moki Dugway is a dirt road that switchbacks down a steep cliff face. It appears spontaneously on a fast, paved state road and can only accomodate vehicles under 22 feet long. It was a wild ride, but Hobbes handled it with grace.
At the bottom of the Moki Dugway we ran into the Valley of the Gods. The Valley of the Gods is a dirt road weaving through brilliant red buttes. Because it’s BLM land it was open to camping, and we found an awesome campsite near two other van lifers – an Earthroamer and converted Sprinter van.
After Valley of the Gods we needed to head east to get me into cell service for work. The Four Corners is remote in every way, including a complete lack of coverage. We decided to cross into Colorado. Along the way we stopped at Hovenweep National Historic Park and the Canyon of the Ancients.
After an epic “weekend,” it was hard to roll into a bigger town like Cortez, Colorado. We stayed for a night, but nearby Durango seemed to be more our pace. We moved to Durango – a mountain town similar to Sun Valley – and have been hunkered down here working and trip planning for our next four days of adventure.
Where to next? We’re going to finish our Four Corners tour by traveling south into New Mexico. I can’t wait to see Chaco Canyon, and the artsy haven of Santa Fe.
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