Colorado River 1978:
Day 1 - Utah


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Colorado River 1978: [Day 1 - Utah] [Day 2 - Utah] [Day 3 - Marble Canyon] [Day 4 - Red Wall Cavern] [Day 5 - Little Colorado/Phantom Ranch] [Day 6 - Deer Creek] [Day 7 - Havasu Creek] [Day 8 - Lava Falls] [Day 9 - Diamond Creek] [Day 10 - Grand Canyon]

Note: This travelog was written in 2018, so many details have long been forgotten since we took the trip.

This was a trip that Debbie took with her family when she was a teenager, so all text is from her perspective and was taken from detailed notes she kept of the trip as it was happening. A travelog of her 1980 trip is also available.

 

Saturday, August 12, 1978: We drove out west from Minnesota and visited Dewey Bridge near Moab, Utah.

Here's how it looks now (as seen on Google Maps Street View).
The bridge was decommissioned in 1988, then destroyed by fire in 2008.
There's now a new bridge in its place, but the metal portion of the old bridge is still visible. It's only the wooden portion that has disappeared. Here's how it looks now.
But back to 1978: here's a closer look at the bridge.
We followed the Colorado River for a while en route to our next destination. Here's a pretty view about four miles from Dewey Bridge.
We arrived in Canyonlands National Park where we drove to the end of Grand View Point Road and enjoyed the view at Grand View Point.
Here's the view to the south from Grand View Point.
Returning along Grand View Point Road, here is the view from Orange Cliffs Overlook to the west.
Here's a view of Buck Canyon to the east.

Here's the view from Candlestick Tower Overlook to the west.

Finally, this is Mesa Arch, probably the most recognizable feature of Canyonlands.

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Colorado River 1978: [Day 1 - Utah] [Day 2 - Utah] [Day 3 - Marble Canyon] [Day 4 - Red Wall Cavern] [Day 5 - Little Colorado/Phantom Ranch] [Day 6 - Deer Creek] [Day 7 - Havasu Creek] [Day 8 - Lava Falls] [Day 9 - Diamond Creek] [Day 10 - Grand Canyon]

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