Two of the states we hit were by way of Four Corners, Arizona and Colorado. Seeing as I was raised in Arizona, and we lived there for 10 years together, I don’t feel too bad about the short visit. We have future plans to hit Colorado on one of our football trips, so we’re covered there as well.
States 3&4 – Arizona and Colorado
My first attempt was a bit of a fail. Although technically by being in the center I was in all four states, it just didn’t accomplish what I was going for. Several people standing around yelled, “You’re only in 2 States”. I quickly corrected and Eric snapped another photo .
State 5 – Utah
Southern Utah was incredible. It is similar to New Mexico with beautiful rock formations.
This area is also known for its mining. The train tracks went straight from the mining operations straight through the mountainside.
Originally, we had planned to hit Arches National Park. We were going to stay in Moab and then drive through the next morning. We learned that Moab is a huge tourist attraction and there were way too many people and the hotels were outrageously expensive. Instead we decided to drive on through. Luckily, we passed an arch called “Wilson’s Arch”, which was right on the side of the road. Not only was it a really cool arch, but also completely free.
Another free stop on our trip was Gilgal Sculpture Garden. I found reviews for this one on RoadTrippers. It is in Central Salt Lake City, just a few blocks from Liberty Park. Even with the map, it took us a few minutes to find it. It is nestled into a neighborhood, with only a small entrance sandwiched between 2 houses.
Although it is known for being a sculpture garden, the flowers were enchanting, especially the Irises. I tried growing the variegated irises in my garden before without much luck. I don’t know if they like our heat.
The sculptures were a bit irreverent and definitely unlike any garden we’d been to before.
Joseph Smith – The LDS Church Founder as a Sphinx