We set out on Tuesday up the I-15 to Las Vegas. Driving past the Ivanpah solar thermal power station was cool:
Then we were off to Bryce for a car tour- lovely trails, wish I had had time there to run them-- and drove through Escalante. Back in 1992 I did a fantastic backpacking trip there with a pal down Coyote Gulch to Steven's Arch on the Escalante. We drove through that day all the way to Moab and got in late. The next day we went to Mills Canyon to see Dinosaur footprints:
That day we headed out to Mesa Verde: The kids and I did the walk through the Balcony House. The pic below is a different pueblo. The Balcony House tour was crowded but the kids had fun on the ladders and tunnel. The walk up the cliff steps was a bit scary.
Onwards to visit the mining museum in Grants, NM and then through the Pertified Forest. We made our way to Payson where we stayed near the Highline trail. I put in 9 miles running on dirt roads before the kids woke up, before I actually found the Highline Trail- so we'll have to go back, it looked beautiful.