You only thought that we were finished blogging. After spending three days driving in a haze and not able to see much of anything, we just had to make a few stops on our last day of driving home since it was so beautiful. We could have gone home through Las Vegas, but we decided that we would go the scenic route.
We stopped by Pipe Springs National Monument. This monument is a joint offering from the Kaibub Paiute tribe and the National Park Service. We learned about the Kaibub Pauite history, as well as, the Mormon history. Pipe Springs is located on the Arizona Strip (a grassy, arid area north of the Grand Canyon) and Brigham Young bought the land around the spring and created a tithing ranch. Many of the church members were tithing in cattle, so he needed a place to put them. The cows provided milk, cheese and meat to the church in Salt Lake City. It also was a stopping place for Mormon couples that lived in the west that were making a trip to Salt Lake City to get their marriage blessed.
The last 8 pictures are from Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. The last few pictures show the Colorado River before it gets to the Grand Canyon. This national monument is absolutely beautiful and totally left alone (which could be a good thing). Most of the monument is not accessible except by permit so it remains very natural. The good news is even though getting to the inside requires a permit, anyone can drive by it and enjoy the beauty of the perimeter.