This was a four day road trip to northeastern Arizona and southeastern Utah. We drove 1,650 miles and visited Meteor Crater, the Petrified Forest, Canyon De Chelly, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon.
This is day #1 a couple of hours into Arizona on I-40, we came across scattered showers. The rain was a good thing, it got rid of all the bugs on the windsheid and washed the truck. It needed it. (photo by Helen)
The first place we visited was Meteor Crater, the wind was blowing over 30 mph here. We only stayed here about an hour, we have been here before about 5 years ago, it was getting late and we needed to find a camp spot for the night.
Meteor Crater is 700 feet deep and over 4,000 feet across. It was formed 50,000 years ago.
Helen with a piece of the meteorite that formed the crater. The meteorite was 150 feet across.
Day #2, this is our campsite near Joseph City. We ate a quick breakfast and headed on our way to the Petrified Forest Nat'l Park.
Helen with a little dinosaur. On the way to the Petrified Forest we saw some signs on the highway for this dinosaur park. We took some photos and checked out their museum.
Part of the museum at the dinosaur park. It was mostly indian artifacts. (photo by Helen)
Finally we made it to the Petrified Forest Nat'l Park. (photo by Helen)
Joe (me) getting a shot of part of the Painted Desert from Tiponi Point. (photo by Helen)
Looking north across part of the Painted Desert.
The big bird eating the little guy petroglyph. This petroglyph was at the Puerco Pueblo Ruins.
This is at Blue Mesa. The main attraction in this park is the petrified wood, but the park has an awesome geology.
We got lucky and had a beautiful sky all day. (photo by Helen)
Still at Blue Mesa. It would have been great if we had time to go down into the canyon.
One last shot at Blue Mesa.
We finally got to see some of the wood. This is in the Jasper Forest.
These flowers were growing in many areas of the park. This is still in the Jasper Forest.
This is part of the Crystal Forest. The park has the largest known concentration of petrified wood in the world.
This area was covered with great looking stuff.
These logs had a different color to them.
This shot shows the color in some of these logs.
Driving past The Tepees on our way out of the park. Our next stop will be at Canyon de Chelly to check out the Navajo, Hopi and Anasazi ruins. (photo by Helen)
Day #3 at Cottonwood Campground near the Canyon de Chelly. (photo by Helen)
Heading out to the cliff's edge to check out White House ruins. Some of the overlooks were about a 1/4 mile hike, others were right next to the parking areas.
There were a lot of puddles on the mesa from yesterday's rain.
There were warning signs at the view points in the area. (photo by Helen)
Looking down on White House Ruins in the bottom of the canyon. There was a trail leading down to the ruins, but we were short on time and used it to check out the other ten overlooks.
This was a cool formation, the wall is 700' tall.
Joe (me) at Sliding House Overlook. (photo by Helen)
Looking up the canyon. (photo by Helen)
This is a really great looking cayon, you are only able to drive in it with a Navajo guide.
Helen getting a shot from Antelope House Overlook. The overlooks have these short walls, if you hike off to the sides you are standing on the open edge of the cliffs, cool stuff.
Antelope House Ruin.
This is the Mummy Cave cliff dwelling.
A closer look at the Mummy Cave Ruins. (photo by Helen)
Back on the road heading north towards Monument Valley. There were a lot of animals running free along the highway. Besides these horses we saw cows, sheep, goats and a few dogs. (photo by Helen)
A short ways into Utah, Helen had me stop so she could get a baggy full of orange sand. We stopped in a few other areas to collect different colors.
This is a petroglyph panel is at Sand Island near the city of Bluff. (photo by Helen)
I read something about this panel awhile back. I was surprised we were able to find it so easily.
It had hundreds of petroglyphs.
There were a few Kokopelli figures on this panel.
Driving into the Valley Of The Gods.
The 16 mile loop through the valley was on a dirt road. Great area with very few people.
The Balanced Rock and Lady In A Tub formations.
These hills were on the side of highway 163 on the way to Monument Valley.
Helen and I in Monument Valley. The formation on the right is called Left Mitten.
A shot of the Left and Right Mittens and Merrick Butte.