Photo from the Road: Monticello Tractor Pull

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Photo from the Road: Monticello Tractor Pull

We had just visited Canyonlands National Park Needles District after camping the night before at the base of the Abajo Mountains in Manti-La Sal National Forest above Monticello, UT when we were driving back through town and read the sign on the coffee shop: closed. This town of about 2,000 residents was celebrating Pioneer Day. Every July 24th Utah commemorates the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley which happened on this date in 1847. We walked around the festivities and sampled some fry bread from a Navajo food stall. Before heading out of town we caught this tractor pull.

Text and photo by Stephen Bugno

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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 20 years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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