Take it easy in Winslow, Az

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Coin Toss

Heads make tracks to New Mexico, or tails we head to Winslow, Az.

Tails won, off to Winslow, Az we go!

Moab to Winslow
US-191 south & I-40 west

Just as we left Moab on US-191, we had a road construction delay from some rock blasting going in. The sign said to expect up to two hours of delay. Thankfully we were back on the road within 45 minutes!

US-191 South to I-40 was not the smoothest road by all mean.

We arrived in Winslow just before 5:00 pm and made our way to the Winslow Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center for the night.

The visitors center have a large open parking lot they allow free overnight parking.

Winslow, Az Visitors Center
does back up to the train yard, and you can hear the trains hooking up but they do not blow whistles.

Up at the crack of dawn, we decided to ”Take It Easy”! Grabbed our coffees and set out for another cross off our bucket list.

From behind the Visitors center is a beautiful walking path that takes you to the Historical Route 66 that Winslow is famous for.

First Street Pathway behind Visitors Center
1st St/ N Berry Ave
Along the walking path
1st Street / N Warren Ave

Once you get to the Gazebo, you make a left and head up Kinsely Avenue to Old HWY 66.

The famous Winslow Arizona corner
Myron standing on the corner
Yahoo, another thing off my bucket list!
What a great tribute statue to Glenn Frey
Myron standing next to Glenn Frey

It’s a good thing we decided to come tour early, within 5 minutes of arriving, 60 people must have shown up with the same idea as us!

A few pictures from our tour

Note:

• Plan to visit the area early before the crowds arrive.

• Double check your photos before you leave, incase you need to retake. ( Ask me how I know!!)

Winslow, Az it was a quick stop this time, however, we will be back.

Things to see in the area

• Homolovi State Park –

The primary Homolovi interpretive resources consist of archaeological sites including four major pueblos, numerous smaller structures, and site features ranging in size from one-room pit houses or simple artifact scatters to a 1200 room pueblo, and panels of petroglyphs with depictions of kachina and clan symbols. The sites date from three main periods: AD 620-850, AD 1050-1225, and AD 1260-1400. During each of these periods there was a concentrated population of people living near the Little Colorado River. Members of the Hopi Nation consider this area an important ancestral site and return to Homolovi for religious purposes.

https://azstateparks.com/homolovi/homolovi/explore/park-history

• La Posada – Historical hotel from the 1930s that has been restored back to the original condition of the Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture style. Have lunch at the famous Turquoise Room, southwestern cuisine that is all made from scratch.

• Rock Art Ranch-

is a privately owned cattle ranch that is a true wonder of the Old West. The property has more than just cattle and bison: It features excavated Anasazi dwellings, a Navajo hogan and sweat lodge, and amazingly well-preserved examples of petroglyphs carved by American natives

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/rock-art-ranch

• Arizona Meteor Crater

Meteor Crater is nearly one mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference and more than 550 feet deep. It is an International tourist venue with Outdoor Observation Trails, Air Conditioned Indoor Viewing, Wide Screen Movie Theater, Interactive Discovery Center, Unique Gift & Mineral Shop, and Collision! 4D Experience Room. Food is also available at our Blasted Bistro in the Visitor Center.

https://www.meteorcrater.com/

• Two Guns and Apache Death Cave

On a small patch of land near Canyon Diablo, just off Interstate 40, lies the ghost town known as Two Guns. Though there are still crumbling reminders of the town’s use a 20th century tourist attraction, it’s been abandoned for well over half a century… though the region’s Native American tribes have been avoiding the area for a lot longer than that.

According to their legends, the dead cursed the land, and anyone who dared reside there was risking the anger of spirits who met a terrible fate. Naturally, white dudes didn’t listen, leading to some eerily-predicable ends worthy of their own horror films.

https://maps.roadtrippers.com/stories/visit-the-cursed-apache-cave-where-the-angry-spirits-want-you-dead

• Old Trails Museum

The Old Trails Museum explores the history of Winslow, Arizona, and the surrounding area through free exhibits and public programs. We use our collections to interpret the Santa Fe Railway, Harvey Girls, US Route 66, and much more. We are located in the heart of Winslow’s historic district and across from the Standin’ on the Corner Park. Admission is free

https://oldtrailsmuseum.org/

• Arizona 66 Trading Post

Everything was closed on our morning tour, but this is a must check out.

For a quick overnight stay we highly recommended the Winslow Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center. Cost: Free

If planning on staying a few days, check out McHood Park for camping.

Google Maps showing McHood Park Campground

McHood Park Campground

Cost: FREE

Notes: Fills up fast, must arrive early in the morning and wait for a spot to be open on week days!

Arches National Park

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After exploring of the Canyonlands National Park, we decided to spend another night at Horsethief Campground and head down the mountain closer to Moab and check out Arches National Park.

Entry Fee: $30 🇺🇸 / $39 🇨🇦 per vehicle.

We have the National Park Annual Pass we purchased when we went up to Canyonlands for $80 🇺🇸 /$104 🇨🇦. One more National Park and we are ahead.

The Arches National Park is north of Moab, Utah approx 8 km/ 5 miles
Horsethief Campground to Arches National Park Entrance
32 km/20 miles
Map of the Park showing all the points of interest.

The first stop for us was the Las Sal Mountains Viewpoint. It loops around and has parking for an approximately a dozen vehicles.

Courthouse Towers
From here you can see Many Towers
Myron taking in the view at La Sal Mountain Viewpoint

View of La Sal Mountain
Not the greatest photo, but you can spot an arche off in the distance.

Courthouse Towers Viewport

Just a short drive from La Sal Mountain Viewpoint is Courthouse Towers Viewpoint.

Tower of Babel
The Organ
Three Gossips
Sheep Rock. Can you see a Sheep?
You can see Sheep Rock once formed an arch.

The Great Wall

View from the road
Another road view as no place to stop safely

Petrified Dunes Viewpoint

Hmm, aren’t all rocks Petrified?
You can see the colour change

Ancient Sand Dunes: This vast area was once covered by extensive sand dunes. Some 200 million years ago, winds from the northwest carried tons of fine-grained sand into this area, creating an immense desert. Over time, the sand drifts were covered by other layers of sediment, compressed and cemented by quartz and calcite into Navajo Sandstone.

Rock Pinnacles

Approaching the rock pinnacles
Awesome rock formations
The colours layers are so fascinating

Balanced Rock

Just a short 0.5 km/0.3 miles stroll around the Balanced Rock.

Standing at 128 ft tall

The slick rock boulder of Entrada Sandstone sits attached to its eroding pedestal of Dewey Bridge mudstone.

Balanced Rock defies gravity but this won’t always be the case. Eventually, the 3,600 ton (over 4 million kg) boulder will come tumbling down as the erosional process continues to shape the landscape. ( quote from Arches National Park website)

It resembles closely to an elementary art project.

The Balanced Rock would be amazing to see in the evening, as the deep red-orange colours would come to life with the sunset. Maybe even some star gazing from the base of the rock.


Double Arch

Early morning or late afternoon would be the best time to visit. We were lucky enough to find a parking spot first try. The parking area was packed.

The Double Arch trail is a short hike of 0.8 km/0.5 miles.

Walking down the trail to the Double Arches
Absolutely beautiful

Double Arch is the tallest (112 ft/34 m) and second-longest (144 ft/44 m) arch in the park.

Amazing how these arches form.
I Spy!
Myron is somewhere in this photo

The Window Section

Back at the parking area from the Double Arches we following the trail climb stairs to the upper parking area and make our way over to the Window Section.

Screen shot of the trailer to the window sections.

We decided to explore the Window Sections on our next visit, but we did take a quick pic of the North Window.

North Window

I will do another post of Part 2 of our Arches Exploring

Canyonlands National Park, Utah—- Part 2

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We were amazed at how much there is to see and do in the Moab area. If you are a person who enjoys a good hike, some mountain biking, you could quite easily spend a week here and never be bored.

Since we are camping with our fur babies Bella and Rider, we are on a time limit and that we needed to be back by the 3 1/2 to 4-hour mark. That limited us to how many hikes we could complete.

We did manage to completed half the hikes. This gives us an excuse to come back to the area!

Grandview Point Overlook

green line shows hiking trail

Length: 2 mile round trip

Difficulty: Easy

Elevation Gain: 50 ft

If you love sunsets as we do, take in this hike late afternoon.

We stop in the parking area and grabbed a few pictures thinking we would be back in the late afternoon.

We never did make it back to Grandview Point. By 5 pm we were both exhausted and decided to add that hike to must come back to the complete.

Buck Canyon Overview

Life is a gift.

Shafer Canyon Overview

If you had a jeep or a OHV you could take this back road tour
Panoramic View
That’s a long way down.
So close to the edge, I am freaking!
I will look back at this and smile!.