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Horse Head Grill | Grubbin'

If you are headed to Monticello be sure to check out Horse Head Grill. Locally owned and recently opened, Horse Head Grill offers some pretty good grub. We'd had a long day of traveling, so we were ready to eat. There aren't many places to eat in Monticello, so this place was hopping. We loved the western theme and chalk wall to entertain the kids. Be sure to check out the little gift shop. I kind of want a whole bunch of these mugs. They're known for their ribs and they did not disappoint! Thanks for Hosting The Salt Project

On the way home from Monticello

Sadly, it's time to say goodbye to Monticello, for now. Before heading out, I picked up a Christmas Ornament from the Blue Mountain Horsehead Inn and said goodbye! We also stopped by at the Monticello LDS Temple. Wilson's Arch About thirty miles north of Monticello is Wilson's Arch. It's a steep but quick hike. We probably spent 30 minutes total going up and down. We hiked up to the top to gaze down below. Just on the east side of the arch there are houses! Could you imagine waking up every morning and gazing at this arch? Hole N' 'The

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park | Monticello Staycation

"I'm pretty tried, I think I'm done running now." Forrest Gump That's right people. How many of you knew Forrest Gump himself once ran this Utah road? many of you knew Monument Valley wasn't even in UTAH?! (Well part of it isn't.) Sheesh, the things you learn. I had not done any research beforehand, all I knew was that we were going to Monument Valley to watch the sunset. Next time, I'm going to find some books. (Yes, I still like actual books.) We were trying to find the spot for our epic sunset photos in Monument Valley, but

Gooseneck State Park | Monticello Staycation

After driving through Valley of the Gods and Moki Dugway, we headed down to Gooseneck State Park. I'm a little sad that we literally spent maybe 20 minutes here at Gooseneck State Park. We were on a tight schedule see, we needed to be down at Monument Valley for sunset and we were pushing it! We had just enough time to do a short hike down to the rim. It was slightly treacherous but the kids loved every moment of it. We just had to hang on to them for dear life as there were cliffs in almost every direction
Moki Dugway | Valley of The Gods | Monticello Staycation harm Wed, 04/13/2016 - 21:12
Who's heard of Moki Dugway? Or Valley of the Gods? Not I. But now that I've driven through it, I'll never be the same. We'd just seen Natural Bridges National Monument and thought we might as well drive one of the most dangerous roads in Utah. The view at the top is nothing short of spectacular. No photo could really do it justice. "The Mokee (or Moki) Dugway, located on Utah Route 261 just north of Mexican Hat, Utah is a staggering, graded dirt switchback road carved into the face of the cliff edge of Cedar Mesa. It consists of

Butler Wash Cliff Dwellings | South of Blanding

After getting some info from the Monticello Visitor Center, I now had a game plan. Part of this day plan included a hike to Butler Wash that let to some amazing Cliff Dwellings. Who even KNEW that Utah has Cliff Dwellings? Not this gal, nor her husband, but we could just be ill informed... This hike is only about 45 minutes away from Monticello. We arrived at the trailhead, ran to the biffy bathrooms, packed up the kids, some water, snacks and we were off! Butler Wash is only a half mile hike one way, so we took our time
Newspaper Rock | Adventurin' | Monticello harm Thu, 03/31/2016 - 15:45
Located just West of Church Rock (above) you'll find yourself on a nice 20 minute drive to Newspaper Rock. You'll also pass a bunch of abandoned cabins that once belonged to a religious cult that worshiped Church Rock. (Things only the locals tell you.) Think of Newspaper Rock like a Facebook and Twitter Page only a 2000 year old version. Could you imagine sitting there and chiseling out your story, who knew how long that would take you? This petroglyph site is 200 square foot area one the largest and best preserved. We came up with all sorts of theories

Canyon Country Discovery Center | Four Corners School | Monticello

The main reason The Salt Project even went to Monticello, was because of the Canyon Country Discovery Center. We'd been e-mailing back and forth and they opened out eyes to how much we were missing! We'd been to Moab plenty of times, but never further south on the eastern side of Utah. So you can thank them for all the awesome things we're going to post in the next few weeks. They have a brand new building that's constantly adding new features, exhibits, tours, nature walks and things to do like crazy! Here's Lyndie giving us a tour, it's quite

32 Reasons to visit Monticello

Just a few conversations from when I told people we were going to vacation in Monticello. "You are going where?" "Where?" "Why" "What's there?" When we got to Monticello: "Where are you from?" Apparently, I don't look like I'm a local. "Be sure to eat before pm, many places close or may be closed for the Easter Holiday." "There isn't much to Monticello the city itself, but there is so much to do OUTSIDE!" When I plan a trip, I get on Pinterest, Google Maps, city websites, ask a local (if I know one)... you get the idea. I'm not

Natural Bridges National Monument | Owachomo Bridge Hike

After hiking Butler Wash, we took a nice drive to Natural Bridges National Monument. Mouthful right? You could spend a whole day or a few hours (like we did.) You can drive through and visit the look outs, or do a few short hikes. I feel like this is a hidden gem. I'm so glad we bought our National Parks Pass last year, we've used it a ton! We stopped at the visitor center to get our stamp in our travel journal. My Aiko (3 yrs) LOVES it. I had to take a photo of this phone. It's been many
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