Taos, New Mexico is a comfortable, tourist town at the base of the Sangre de Christo Mountains...rather laid back and artsy.
A few miles west of Taos, we came to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge...
We drove through desert...just as I would have expected in new Mexico. What I didn't expect...was the tall rock formation that suddenly loomed in the distance.
My first thought was 'Haystack Rock at Canon Beach'...but as we got nearer I realized this was much bigger than the famous Oregon coast rock. It is in fact called Shiprock...and is the most prominent landmark in northern New Mexico.
The Glen Canyon Dam is located on the Colorado River...upstream from Grand Canyon. The dam caused the flooding of Glen Canyon...and created a large reservoir which is called Lake Powell. It is quite lovely lake in the desert and a popular tourist attraction.
We checked out of Arizona and into Utah right after leaving Glen Canyon. I've already taken you to a few of my favorite spots in Utah...so I'll leave you with one last image.
From Utah...we passed through northeast Oregon...