2018 Great American Pony Drive to Utah and Points West
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In September, 2018, The Great American Pony Drive (MCA’s only chartered Driving Club) will head West on another adventure to explore the American West.
On Sept. 8th, the group will meet in Denver to begin the journey. 1st stop will be Grand Junction, taking some of the back roads of Colorado to get there. From there, it’s West and then South, thru the Colorado National Monument, into Utah, South thru Arches N.P., back into Colo. to Cortez. In this area, you’ll find Mesa Verde and Canyons of the Ancients N.M. If you want to drive to Durango, you can even ride the Durango-Silverton R.R.
Next, you’ll head to 4 Corners where you can stand in 4 states at once. Surrounding the monument, you’ll find Navajo stands with artists selling native jewelry, pottery and Navajo artifacts. Onward West to Monument Valley to walk where John Wayne made many of his westerns as well as hundreds of other westerns and movies. In the town of Kayenta, you’ll visit the Windtalkers Museum. On to Page, AZ from there.
In the Page area, you’ll be near the Glen Canyon Recreational Area, Marble Canyon and Grand Staircase-Escalante N.M. You can also visit Glen Canyon Dam and drive across the Colorado River Bridge.
Onward, you go West to Kanab and then to the entrance to Zion N.P. Then North to Panguitch, passing thru the Dixie N.F. You’ll be doing day trips to Bryce Canyon and more parts of the Grand Staircase-Escalante N.M.
Then, meandering North thru more of the Grand Staircase, you’ll head to Salina driving thru the Capitol Reef N.P. Meandering more, you’ll eventually wind up in Salt Lake City for a few days of exploring. You can tour the Mormon Tabernacle and even research your family at the research library. Be careful as we went to see what we could find on our families and were thrown out at closing! It’s a fascinating history collection and it’s where you’ll find the hub of Ancestry.com. I’d also recommend visiting the State Capital. If it’s warm enough, you can take a dip in the Great Salt Lake!
As a change, we’ll head NE to Wyoming, stopping at Ft. Bridger, en-route to Rock Springs. Who knows what else we’ll find in the Wild West! Now we head South, paralleling the Green River to Flaming Gorge National Recreational Area, to Red Canyon and to Vernal for the night. Next is Dinosaur N.M. and Dinosaur, CO. You might find some interesting rocks here! Passing Musket Shot Springs Scenic Overlook, back thru the mountains, heading to Grand Junction on Sept. 21.
We are also contacting the local Mustang Clubs along our route, to see if they can plan some events for us, join us for meals and bring out their cars for everyone to share. The local members also know a lot of back roads, neat places to sightsee and come up with suggestions that make these trips a lot more fun for all. Even those joining in often know places we aren’t aware of and if we can, they are added to the routes.
|Pony Drive Organizer||David Turnbull|