Mindi and Carol Do SE Utah
Spring 2002 Roadtrip
During Mindi's spring break in 2002 she flew into Denver, CO and I picked her up at the
airport. We then stayed the night with Andrew in Boulder and in the morning drove east to
Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction. We camped there and in the morning we
hiked out to Window Rock and went to the Visitor Center. Then we headed into Grand Junction
and went to Gene Taylor's, a great outdoor store, where Mindi bought Tevas and I bought some
camp chairs. We then headed into Utah.
We took Hwy 128 south of I-70 and we set up camp at Hittle Bottom Campground (a BLM
campground) along the Colorado River and hiked towards the Fisher Towers. In the morning we
headed towards Arches National Park.
In Arches we hiked up to Delicate Arch, took the ranger-led tour into the Fiery Furnace, hiked
out to Pine Tree and Landscape Arches in the Devil's Garden, and hiked to Broken Arch near
We spent one night in a hotel in Moab then we were off to Natural Bridges National Monument.
There we hiked to some ruins and rock art I had discovered when I worked there and the next
day we did the loop hike to all three bridges - Sipapu, Kachina, and Owachomo. We also had
dinner and watched olympic ice skating with my two old friends and coworkers, Jim and Will.
Finally we headed up to Canyonlands National Park, the Island in the Sky District. We did a
bunch of short hikes there including Mesa Arch and Upheaval Dome.
On the way back to Laramie we took Hwy 139 through the Book Cliffs and over Douglas Pass.
It was snowy and icy and quite the adventure! Then as we headed east along the Yampa River
we saw about a dozen bald eagles between Dinosaur and Craig.
Buttes near Canyonlands National Park