The Road To Hell

The route from Phoenix, AZ to Wyoming is fraught with interesting highways. And by-ways if you want to indulge. It is long and sometimes rugged but the first major scenic site will be the San Francisco Peaks at Flag.

One needs to eventually arrive at I -15 in Utah and go north from there. So the first leg is to Flagstaff, AZ, and then East a bit before turning North and traveling across the road to hell through the Navajo Reservation. Every few miles there are natives selling beautiful handmade jewelry and delicious fry bread (a real by-way if you indulge). 127 miles to Page, AZ.

It’s easy to see why the US government gladly ‘gifted’ this land to the Indians. It is dry and brown with nothing on it but sand, red dirt, rocks and sage brush. It would be difficult to find an edible plant or much in the way of critters outside of rattlesnakes and scorpions. Not much cover either so the summer heat is intense. But, the Navajo lived here before the white man came and have learned how to survive and more—they gladly take your funds in exchange for the wares they make and weave. Modern life is a blessing!

There are a myriad of interesting formations and lines of rock probably carved by ancient glaciers. These provide some relief in the landscape and could even be called beautiful at times.

Eventually, the road leads to Page which is a bit of a mecca in this high desert. Here lives Lake Powell which provides water recreation, as well as sustenance for Arizona. As you head toward Utah, you cross the Glen Canyon Dam which created Lake Powell, the largest man-made reservoir in the US.

Moving on into Utah are more ridges and formations probably made by moving ancient glaciers. One of the most fascinating places is the Coral Pink Sand Dunes located between Mt. Carmel and Kanab, Utah. They truly are pink and some parts are the darker pink color of salmon.

The drive toward I-15 takes you through or past parts of Zion, Bryce and Canyon Lands National Parks. It is an absolutely beautiful drive but plan on an extra hour of driving time. Windy, curvy roads and several small burgs slow the pace. It is very much worth the extra time.

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