We awoke to cloudy skies in Moab. After breakfast, we decided to try again to get some decent photos at Arches National Park. As we drove toward the park entrance, we saw the command center still set-up for the search for that person that shot the park ranger. Must not have caught the guy yet.
It was cold and windy as we drove into Arches, but the sun was slowly starting to appear. We did a quick walk down the Park Avenue trail, then drove to the Windows viewpoint for more photos. By this time, the sun was out and the temperatures were starting to warm up. Before heading out-of-town, we did a side trip up to Deadhorse Point for some more photos. Afterwards, we headed back down to Moab and got on the road to Valley of the Gods. We arrived at the bed and breakfast just before sunset.
The Valley of the Gods Bed and Breakfast is a restored ranch house that sits at the base of Cedar Mesa with an absolutely spectacular view of the valley. The location is ideal for getting away from civilization for a couple of days while still having all the comforts of home. We chose to stay in the separate outbuilding that is actually a converted root cellar. The top floor has a living room and bathroom, and the bedroom is on the bottom floor. The two levels are connected by a small spiral staircase, which works great as long as you’re not trying to drag your luggage though it. After settling into our room, we drove a short ways down the valley road to try to get some sunset photos of the peaks. Should have just stayed at the B&B as it was higher and offered better opportunity for photos. Oh well.
One of the disadvantages of staying in an isolated location like Valley of the Gods is there’s isn’t a lot of choices for dining. The B&B only serves breakfast, so dinner requires a trip to Mexican Hat, about 10 miles away. This tiny hamlet along the San Juan River is pretty much shut down in November with only a gas station/minimart and a hotel open this time of year. Fortunately, the San Juan Trading Post Hotel has a small café that was open for dinner.