After Page we headed over to St George for our last night in the US for this trip. On the way we routed via Zion National Park, just the drive through is an experience. we were a little pressed for time and by the time we arrived in Zion parking was at a premium and difficult to find but returning to Zion with more time is on the to do list. On arrival in St George we had time to stop off at the factory outlets before heading to the Best Western Coral Hills.
We headed down to Bryce Canyon from Torrey via Hwy 12 referred to as Americas most scenic Hwy. There are certainly some spectacular views, Razorback for example.. We checked into the Best Western and went across the road to the other Best Western for lunch and then dinner. Unfortunately for us there was someone in the room above, possibly kids continually running or thumping on the floor/our ceiling until late and again early the following morning. The room was large and clean as a twin queen possibly should be, breakfast the next morning was chaos and very busy.
From Monument Valley we headed for Torrey but first stop on the way not far past Mexican Hat was a drive out to Hovenweep National Monument. There was an icy wind making it very cold so even a very brisk walk around the ruins did not raise a sweat but this really is well worth the drive to check out. Also the drive across on the UT-261 N and UT-95 N offered up spectacular scenery, much more than expected on this leg of the drive through Fry Canyon area and crossing the Colorado river and across through Capitol Reef National Park.
We left Moab and headed down past Mexican Hat to Monument Valley in Arizona or actually on the Navaho Reservation. There were very strong winds on the way down causing dust storms which slowed the trip due to severely reduced visibility and we continued on Kayenta to see it before heading back to Monument Valley and checking in. Our accommodation was one of the cabins overlooking the valley and everything was included for preparing your own food etc. Nothing outstanding with this accommodation but it was adequate.
From Ely we continued on Hwy 50 across Nevada into Utah, great 80 MPH speed limits on freeways in Utah (Australia??) and down into Moab for a couple of nights staying at the Mainstay suites.