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The Grand Circle

The Grand Circle is located in the Southwestern United States and includes some of the earth's most remarkable wonders within its 1400-mile circumference.It boasts canyons, mesas, arches, spires, rivers, and cliffs that appear to defy gravity.

The borders of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah all meet at a point called Four Corners, the only place in the United States with a convergence such as this.

Within this amazing region called the Grand Circle, are the Navajo and Ute lands, 6 national forests, 9 national parks, 12 national monuments, 3 national recreation areas, and numerous state parks.

The 9 national parks included in this region are: Grand Canyon National Park - Arizona, Petrified Forest National Park - Arizona, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park - Arizona, Zion National Park - Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park - Utah, Capitol Reef National Park - Utah, Canyonlands National Park - Utah, Arches National Park - Utah and Mesa Verde National Park - Colorado

My 1500 miles, 14 day route starts out and ends up in Las Vegas and takes me through some of the most outstanding scenery in the US. First stop was Zion, then on to Bryce. After Bryce I drove along beautiful Route 12 passing through Grand Escalante on to Capitol Reef. There was a quick drive to Arches and Canyonlands before arrive on to Durango, CO.

In this place, I relived history with the sights and sounds of yesteryear through a truly spectacular journey on board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. I was able to experience the adventure of traveling by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks miners; cowboys and settlers of the old west took over a century ago that wound through spectacular and breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness of the San Juan National Forest.

Continuing on our last part of the trip by Mesa Verde National Park, Four Corners, Canyon de Chelly, Monument Valley and Grand Canyon National Park before going back to Las Vegas.

Natural Bridges NM will be visited on my next trip to this wonderful area.