UTAH: Day Three and Four – Lake Powell, Natural Bridges and Salt Lake City

 

Our four days exploring in Utah, continued early Saturday morning, 11/7/15, at the ‘outpost’ of Bullfrog, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area where we rented a small boat to explore nearby parts of Lake Powell, specifically Moqui Canyon. Later we would view the remarkable terrain in Natural Bridges National Monument, spend the night in Salt Lake City, and fly home Sunday, 11/8/15. 

This post contains 18 images most with comments. Browse through quickly, or click on for higher visual resolution.  

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From our lodge, early morning…houseboats moored at Bullfrog Marina

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One of the last days of the season, there were virtually no other renters despite what I considered perfect weather.

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Easily enduring chilly morning temperatures, the stunning sceanery kept the cameras busy, as Holly focuses here. 

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Seven year old Tyler was no exception.

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Moqui Canyon is one of hundreds of flooded canyons of the Glen Canyon portion of the Colorado River.

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The winding waterway, in just this one “side” canyon, goes on for a number of miles, twisting and turning with one incomparable view after another.

 

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We beached here where Holly, Steve and Tyler climbed and explored, as I relished in the awesome surroundings.

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All three are in this image, as photographed from the boat.

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Steve , camera in hand, explores around the bend.

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The weather today was cool, crisp and perfect; while summertime brings temperatures near 100 deg. F. (38 deg. C.) …with an abundance of houseboats and pleasure craft, many rented for a week at a time or privately owned.

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Steve, Holly and grandson Tyler

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I believe Lake Powell has only three access areas in its 186 mile (299 km) length and 1,960 miles (3,161 km) of shoreline, leaving plenty of exploration room.

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After returning the boat, driving for a few more hours, and seeing virtualy no one on the road, (except  a mounted cowhand coaxing his small herd of cattle,) we explored Natural Bridges National Monument in the later afternoon.

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A spectacular scenic roadway provides viewpoints for several bridges, this being  Kachina, 210 ft. (64 m) high.

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We continued late into the night to Salt Lake City and our room. Sunday morning, day four, 11/8/15, the Wasatch Mountains caught the early sunlight as seen from our hotel (see feature image at top of this post,) and the view above was of the Utah State Capitol building as we headed back to the airport.

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The Colorado Rockies are below our regional jet to Denver, then the long flight home – ending our otherwise short and memorable adventure.

As usual, thanks for viewing and comments are always welcome. M 🙂

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11 Responses to UTAH: Day Three and Four – Lake Powell, Natural Bridges and Salt Lake City

  1. Gill McGrath says:

    wow great shots.thanks for the lovely twirl round the landscape x

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  2. disperser says:

    We only drove along the lake. The landscape and features look as nice up close as they do from afar.

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  3. Nice pictures, MV — especially the large shot of Kachina. We visited Lake Powell in 1975 — yikes, that was 40 years ago! Maybe it’s time for another southwest vacation.

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  4. Sartenada says:

    Sceneries is incredible beautiful in Your photos. Thank You showing them.

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  5. Beautiful photos…especially the first one! When did you visit…looked chilly.

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    • mvschulze says:

      Our 4 day trip was early November a few weeks ago, with early morn. temps in the upper 30’s, especially cool on Lake Powell at 30 mph! Later it warmed to the upper 50’s. But a perfect time, perfectly transparent skies, no crowds, and better than the often near 100 deg. of summer. M 🙂

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