The Southwest Red Rock Country


            This is our sixth vacation visiting the Southwest …Utah and Colorado.   It is an intriguing and exciting place to be…a place that Mother Nature built and has left for man to enjoy.  It is most represented in the National Parks which have taken to preserve the unique sculptures that are the result of millions of years of change brought about by time, wind and water.

            Once again we went back to what tantalizes us each time we immerse ourselves into this astonishing piece of earth.   On this trip we visited five parks mostly in Utah and one in the southwest corner of Colorado.   We flew into Salt Lake City, Utah and traveled almost 2,000 miles on our two week journey.  

            We visited Arches National Park and the Canyonlands National Park while we were in Moab, Utah.   Then we traveled to Mancos, Colorado to visit Mesa Verde National Park.  Next we drove to Torrey, Utah to visit Capitol Reef National Park.   And then we went to Bryce National Park near Tropic, Utah.   Finally, we stayed a couple of days in Park City, Utah for relaxation and sightseeing.

            I used my GPS navigation system to plot a route from each destination to the next.   Heretofore, I would highlight hardcopy maps and Lila would then serve as the navigator.  But the GPS made the driving remarkably easier and much more comfortable.   Up until recently I had considered the GPS system a nice to have “tool”, but it has proved its worth many times over….an indispensable traveling device.

            We concentrated on staying in B&B’s and small inns throughout the trip, which provided us with wonderful accommodations, friendly settings and the opportunity to meet and talk with fellow travelers.  We were extremely pleased with all of our accommodations and recommend them absolutely.    

            Our accommodations are as follows:

     Moab, Utah – Sunflower Hill Bed & Breakfast Inn;

      Mancos, Colorado – Sundance Bear Lodge;

      Torrey, Utah – Skyridge Inn B&B;

      Bryce National Park – The lodge/cabins in the park; &

      Park City, Utah – Washington School Inn.

            Each accommodation is unique in its own way and the management and staff provide impeccable lodging, wonderful breakfasts and counseling to fully use the facilities at the local park.