Monument Valley Drive By and Lake Powell
Monument Valley, a Navajo Tribal Park, is a cluster a sandstone buttes that have appeared in numerous films and an array of still photographs, making them very recognizable. I drove in from the Utah border down route 163 watching as the flat, high desert became punctuated with blazing red outcroppings hundreds of feet tall.
By mid-afternoon I arrived in Page, Arizona, a town which occupies an unexpectedly beautiful location on the rim of a dramatic canyon and at the head of the gorgeous Lake Powell. Much of the sandstone around Page is cross-bedded, meaning its visible layers have been tilted and swirled, making for some beautiful walks and short hikes around the canyon. After walking around the rim I crossed the dam and entered the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area which I had not been aware of. The blue and green waters of the lake were surrounded by rusted and cream swirled sandstone, a real treat.
Of course I was incredibly excited to learn I could go swimming, which I did both days I was in Page. The water was a perfect 73 degrees, the beach sandy, and the views incredible.