Torrey, Utah to Midway Utah – The Last days of our Southwest Road Trip

Tuesday we left Torrey and headed north. We stopped for a short but very different hike in a slot canyon near Moroni, Utah. The hike is called the Maple’s Box Canyon Trail. 

Currently we are in Midway visiting family. This morning we had breakfast with friends. Afterwards I did some family history reasearch at the big Family History Library in Salt Lake. This is my last post of this trip. We head home Friday. 

Capital Reef National Park – Day 13 – Southwest Road Trip

This morning after a great breakfast at our B&B we took the scenic drive in Capital Reef National Park. At the end of the paved road we took the two mile dirt road, Capitol Gorge Road and then hiked the Golden Throne Trail.

Both Duke and I were glad to see the end of trail sign. 

When we got back to the car we each had a cold drink and then hiked the Capital Gorge Trail. It is relatively short and flat and we enjoyed the narrow canyon and pioneer graffiti. 

On the way out of the park we stopped to buy a pie from the friends of Capital Reef and then had a picnic lunch. 

Some friends of ours recently hiked across Utah. They mentioned a great restaurant in Boulder, Utah called Hells Backbone Grill. It is about 30 miles from where we were staying and the drive was gorgeous. We had an excellent meal. 

Now we are sitting on the front porch watching the sunset. 

Ignacio, Colorado to Torrey, Utah – Southwest Road Trip Day 12 

Today we hiked in Bear Ears National Monument. It one of the new National Monuments that President Obama created at the end of his term. It is expected that Trump will rescind the National Monument Designation. It is so sad because it is a beautiful area. 

We hiked the Mule Canyon Trail to House on Fire Ruins. It was a great hike although it was very hot. 

We crossed the Colorado River. 

Tonight we are in Torrey, Utah very near Capital Reef National Park where we will hike tomorrow. 

Santa Fe to Ignacio, Colorado – Day 11 Southwest Road Trip

Today was an easy day. We had a great breakfast at Tia Sophia in Santa Fe. It is so nice to stay someplace where you can walk to all the sites and nice restaurants.

Then we drove north from Santa Fe into Colorado where we are staying at the Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, Colorado. It was a beautiful drive.

Santa Fe – Day 10 Southwest Road Trip

Today we spent the day walking around Santa Fe checking out the sites and the art galleries. We started at the New Mexico State Capital. 

Then we visited several art galleries on Canyon Road

We stopped at a French bakery and had a very tasty green chili and cheese crepe. It was the best crepe I have had since Aix en Provence. 

Next we toured the Georgia O’Keeffe museum. It was fabulous. More than anyone else O’Keeffe really captures the grandeur of the Southwest landscape. 

For dinner we ate at Sazón, a gourmet Mexican restaurant that is rated the number one restaurant in Santa Fe on Trip Advisor.  First they brought us mini tortillas to taste each of their molés. 

Then the house salad. 

For the main course I had beef heart in a wine and jalapeño sauce. 

Duke has steak. 

And we ended with a avocado, ginger ice cream with piñon nuts and a beet reduction. It sounds strange but it was delicious. 

It was a wonderful dinner and we were able to walk to Sazón from our hotel.