Hello MGM lions! The Grand Circle around the Colorado Plateau took 24 days. The Major stops were the lions at the MGM in Las Vegas, the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Bryce National Park, Canyonland National Park, Arches National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, the Hopi and Navajo Reservations, the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Lake Mead National Recreation Park and back to the lions at the MGM.
The MGM hotel sits on top of a large casino mall starting in the lobby.
Spreading out into a sports betting area, intermingled with slot machines.
Each look at the canyon is different, it does not look real at times, maybe its a backdrop. You can watch the light change the shadows and hues of red. Some people get a feeling of free falling at the edge. In the wooded areas like the campground, the Elk roam freely. At spots on the rim you can see the Colorado River.
Stopped at 4 corners, the only spot you can listen to a Steeler game in 4 states(Co, NM, Az, Ut). Later stopped at the Hubbell Trading Post for trail mix. Traveled down old Hwy 66 before getting to the Painted Desert. On way to other side of park we saw many red striped hills before seeing the petrified trees. One ton of petrified wood is stolen from the park every month. More petroglyph’s. Early dinosaurs roamed the area 22 million years ago. Walking amongst the petrified trees was the only time we got a feeling of being in a different era.
A World Heritage site outside Cortez Colorado. Home to early American Puebloans that roamed North America for 10,000 years before deciding to build pithouses around 800 AD and then Pueblos around 1200 AD. We first visited some early pithouses in lion country then made the climb into the Cliff Place and Spruce Tree village, two of the many sites. It is estimated 80,000 Puebloans lived in Mesa Verde around 1200 AD.
Pic 1 : the Colorado River just on the outskirts of Moab, Utah.
2: Canyonland is another big canyon with the Green and Colorado rivers meeting.
3: Wild west outlaws hid in those canyons.
4: Petroglyphs created by Puebleons are on many canyon walls, some 7500 years old.
5: Dinosaur track fossils along a trail. About 8 inches in length.
6: People like to get close to the edge.