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Sand Canyon, Colorado

September in Moab is madness.   complete & utter chaos.  hotels are packed. grocery shelves are empty. seasonal employees are gone.  but ... we're as busy as normal 'season.' we're basically those headless chickens everyone talks about. It's frustrating as a local, to put it lightly.
luckily, we can drive a couple hours in any direction from Moab and be in a whole new world.  Or at least a whole new state; Colorado, New Mexico & Arizona are all a short drive from home.  
after 10 years of 'fall madness' we decided this year we were going to remove ourselves from the insanity as much as possible.  Nestled between the San Juan forest and Sleeping Ute mountain is the quaint little town of Cortez, Colorado. 

Hovenweep, Lowry Ruins, Mesa Verde & countless other adventures in history are just a short drive away; making Cortez a gateway to awesome & the perfect place to stay the night, rise early and explore among the ancients.
^ our hotel the firs…

Ring Arch

musselman arch

Magic Theater Arch

hidden granary

moab mastodon

Moab Maiden

owl petroglyph panel

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-danielle-
Moab, Utah, United States
I’m Danielle. I’m a mom, I’m 40. My legs are short and I’m out of shape lol but I like to go all the places and do all the things. haha I’m pretty enthusiastic about being out in nature. I live in Moab, Utah - USA, with my 1 husband, 2 kids, 2 dogs and more cats than I am woman enough to admit in public. We love to be outside, hiking, exploring, chasing sunshine and doing the learning, when possible. My family is my entire world wrapped up in four awesome humans and way too many rescue fur babies .. these are our adventures.

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