Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Goosenecks State Park & Mexican Hat, Utah

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We took a trip over to Monument Valley last week, but first, we stopped at Mexican Hat, Utah, where our hotel was, and took a little evening trip to Goosenecks State Park and then to Natural Bridges National Monument.    I'll post about Monument Valley later.  Above is Goosenecks.  It's a very short drive from Mexican Hat and it doesn't take long to see it at all; it's just a little drive and a lookout.
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The photo above is of a road called Moki Dugway; tight switchbacks that go right up a cliffside near Mexican Hat and Valley of the Gods.  We drove up here to get to Natural Bridges.  I used to live in Monument Valley as a child; attended school in Mexican Hat, and I remember driving up Moki Dugway with my fam a few times.  We used to get Christmas trees up there.  On top of the cliff is actually a forest!  

The next two photos, below, were taken in Natural Bridges.  We did get pics of all three bridges, but I liked these pics of the park better; first, a dead tree, and the second one is a flower called Indian Paintbrush, or just Paintbrush, depending on which park you are in.
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Pictured below is the famous rock formation that gives Mexican Hat its name.  The pic below that is of the San Juan river, which is right next to Mexican Hat.
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