Page Walk & Monument Valley
Trip Start Oct 10, 2012
14Trip End Oct 26, 2012
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We discovered the Page Rim Trail, and had driven around in the waning hours of daylight yesterday trying to get a good feel for possibilities.
This morning, we dropped Denise off to take an Antelope Canyon tour - probably the most photographed slot canyon on the planet - and Pat and I began mapping out the walk. As so often happens when setting up WAI walking trails, this one turned out to be a combination of official locally managed trails and add-ons that we thought would add what we call "texture" - variety in terrain and points of interest or cultural uniqueness that give the walk the feeling that you are getting to know the region
In this case, we mapped out what we thought were the most scenic parts of the Rim Trail, with tremendous views north into Lake Powell and the snaking Colorado River. We walked an abandoned blacktop road with panoramic views of the Glen Canyon area; added a local trail through dramatic red rock scenery to a microclimate that produces vegetation named the "Hanging Gardens"; and crossed the Glen Canyon Bridge, providing stunning views of the Glen Canyon Dam and the waters of the Colorado River and Lake Powell beyond.
Pat and I added a challenge section after that which we hope to offer, time permitting. Stepping just a few feet off highway 89 takes one into a stony world my non-science-oriented mind has difficulty describing. Sandstone flows over the eons have created a dizzying array of swirl patterns and bizarre shapes. Except for the sound of traffic, you would never know you were in the 21st century, or anyplace on planet Earth.
From Page, we headed north to keep an appointment in Monument Valley. This iconic southwestern setting was made famous during the 1930s and 40s as the backdrop for a multitude of Hollywood films, particularly westerns. Testing the Wildcat Trail around West Mitten Butte, one of Monument Valley's signature formations, was our objective for the late afternoon. A more spectacular sunset walk would be hard to find!
Tomorrow...we explore more of Monument Valley, in the Navajo Nation, looking for ways to connect with Navajo culture. Adventure planning doesn't get much better than this!