When you enter Utah, the landscape becomes a bit more colorful. The rocks are greener and they take on a tinge of red. I haven't researched the geology enough to know why but we enjoyed experiencing them. Cameron called Utah, "Beautiful." Here we are at a rest stop we'd stopped at so he could get a better look.
The rest area had a small trail. Walking through and relaxing in this interesting setting was an enjoyable break from the car.
As we walked, we saw these tiny little rodents everywhere. I need to do additional research to determine exactally what they are. Groundhogs? Anyway, this bunch was remarkably social. (I think they've been fed often by weary travelers.) They were fun to watch and seemed almost as curious about us as we were about them.
More interesting vegitation and ground cover...
A parting shot before heading back out.
We wished we were driving what they were driving but it helped knowing we had family and a home-cooked meal waiting for us just down the road.