Whenever Tom travels in the country, he always holds a fascination of learning the history of an area. So when we were staying in Moab, he decided that one afternoon, in lieu of getting some afternoon rest, we would head out on Potash Road, just outside of Moab.
The road itself is in a gorge which follows the Colorado River. It is a mecca for rock climbers and at any given time, they can be found in their helmets and harnesses along the shoulders of the road.
Also along the way, the area is known for the ancient rock art and petroglyph panels which can be seen roadside. I found them quite fascinating. When you would stop to observe the obvious ones, after some time, your eye would find more details, more panels, more pictures. One could say even more stories from an era gone by.
Of course, there was one that was supposed to be a bear, so I couldn’t rest until I found that one … LOL. Thanks to the guide on the roadside that gave me more direction as to where it could be found.
Though we didn’t investigate this fully, there are also dinosaur tracks found along the way, for those so inclined to locate them.
Wildflowers were plentiful along the way, which complicated the red rock formations present, which contrasted so beautifully with the flowing waters of the Colorado River and the lush green landscape on its shores.
We even came across some type of lizard which scrambled near my feet and all but gave me a heart attack … wasn’t expecting that. 🙂
Arches aren’t confined to Arches NP and one can access several different arches off of Potash Road. One of the more accessible ones, visible from the road, is Jug Handle Arch. Gee, I wonder where it got its name from?
If one continued to take the more primitive road past the potash fertilizer plant, it would lead into Canyonlands National Park and all of its beauty that the area offers. Yes, it was truly a wonderful and relaxed drive. Though my body was craving my pillow, blanket, and mattress … I was glad that Tom shamed me into the afternoon exploration.
On to Canyonlands NP and Dead Horse Point SP next … be sure to stay tuned.