Moab, UT to Grand Junction, CO

The Sunday of Labor Day weekend I drove from where I had been staying in Joseph, Utah east on I-70 to get to Grand Junction, Colorado, where I would be spending two nights.  Along the way I was planning to stop at Arches National Park to see one small area of the Park which wasn’t open to the public when I was there a few days earlier.

Shortly before getting to the entrance for Arches I saw these colorful rock formations not far off the road.

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When I got to the entrance for the Park I saw there was a huge line of traffic waiting to get in.  I decided not to get in all that mess and further down the road, just before getting to the little town of Moab, I turned left and got on a scenic road which would take me back to the dreaded interstate.

Route 128 took me for a very pleasant drive alongside the Colorado River.  Huge, reddish-brown rock mountains lined both sides of the road, towering hundred of feet it the air.  This went on for about 20 miles!

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The road briefly turned away from the river and got more desert-like (and heated up…. the highest temperature I saw on the car thermometer was 106!).

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Eventually I got back alongside the river for a few more miles.

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