Today our expedition takes us through Southern Utah for a triple header of majesty and splendor including a ride down the Moki Dugway. If you are planning to duplicate this trip be prepared for the mileage which at the end of this day was over 200 miles. Don’t perish before you return to Moab! Instead make a dinner stop at the Twin Rocks Cafe in Bluff (established 650 A.D). The Cafe food is fresh and delicious especially the shrimp tacos with green rice!
The Scenic Drive around Natural Bridges National Monument provides us with a shaded table area surrounded by rocks and flowers creating a perfect back-drop for our picnic lunch. After a very short hike halfway down to and a seemingly endless hike back up from Owachomo Bridge, we leave the park taking the right turn at Hwy 261 toward Mexican Hat.
If you have never traveled the Moki Dugway, there are no words to describe the moment when you pass the highway warning signs (Gravel with 10% grades and switchbacks 2.2 miles) and first gaze out across the valley. Gasps of awe are the normal reaction to the Moki Dugway and we all react appropriately as around the first curve the colorful valley slides into view and assumes center stage. After oooing and ahhing all the way down the Dugway, we prepare to enter the Valley of the Gods.
Riding through the Valley of the Gods