U is for Utah

When we visited Arizona in 2009, we crossed into Utah one day. Monument Valley straddles the state line and, after thoroughly exploring it – we went round the 17 mile loop road once with a guide and once in our own car – we decided to drive on a little further to see what we could find. That turned out to be Mexican Hat – a weird rock formation with a little town (blink and you’d miss it) named after it. As we had a coffee in a little motel by a bend in the river I said “wouldn’t this be a lovely place to stay?” It wasn’t long before we had bought a map of Utah and vowed to return. Which we did, the very next year. We even stayed in that little motel, the San Juan Inn, but that’s a whole new story for a series of much longer posts.

This visit followed on from P is for Page and Lake Powell.

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18 thoughts on “U is for Utah

  1. Ann April 24, 2014 / 15:14

    I met someone from the Utah’s visitors center recently. They showed me a video of the state and it is just so beautiful. Your pictures also capture that beauty. I’d love to visit someday.

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    • Anabel Marsh April 24, 2014 / 16:00

      Southern Utah is unbelievable – you leave one national or state park and more or less drive into another. We had probably the best holiday ever the year after I was writing about in this post.

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  2. jenny@atasteoftravel April 24, 2014 / 15:16

    What incredible scenery. The rock formations certainly make for some fabulous photos!

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  3. Birgit April 24, 2014 / 15:18

    This looks so beautiful and great colour. I really do expect John Wayne and the cavalry to come in on their horses

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    • Anabel Marsh April 24, 2014 / 16:01

      It’s unbelievably beautiful. Amazing colours and weird rock formations everywhere.

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  4. Katrina April 24, 2014 / 15:52

    Would love to see Monument Valley. It looks so other-worldly.

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    • Anabel Marsh April 24, 2014 / 16:02

      It is! And there are even weirder things elsewhere in the state. Amazing place.

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  5. Donna April 24, 2014 / 15:58

    So beautiful. I just checked the driving distance from Las Vegas and at 7 hours I can’t convince my husband it is a good place for a day trip.. My husband loves Vegas and somehow I agreed to go again.

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    • Anabel Marsh April 24, 2014 / 16:04

      Not a day trip maybe, but we flew in and out of Las Vegas the year we had our holiday there. Bryce Canyon, for example, would not be that far for an overnight? It’s even more incredible I think!

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  6. Calli April 24, 2014 / 17:37

    Utah is near the top of my “US Roadtrip that I’m going to take someday” itinerary. It looks incredible!

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  7. Sukanya Ramanujan April 25, 2014 / 04:23

    Beautiful- have never been to Utah but it looks glorious!

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    • Anabel Marsh April 25, 2014 / 07:30

      And – as I keep telling people, there is so much more throughout Southern Utah.

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    • Anabel Marsh April 25, 2014 / 18:31

      Quite possibly the most amazing place I have ever been!

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