Navajo National Monument

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A nice side trip on our way to Page Arizona.  We were driving along after the road got cleared up from the car accident up ahead of us and eventually came to a sign that said there was a Navajo National Monument park up ahead on a side road.  It was lunch time so we thought it would be a good place to take a break and see what was there.

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A very nice visitor center was found!  We had lunch first then went in the center.  We saw a short film and saw all the pretty exhibits.  So much nice pottery!

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Photos are through glass exhibit cases so some glare here and there.

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This one is inside a replica building

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At the back door of the visitor center you go out and take a hike if you wish to view a ancient cliff dwelling across the canyon.  The trail was less than a mile round trip so after sitting the morning in the motorhome we decided to take the trail.  We needed the exercise and had plenty of time to get to the next campsite.  I used my zoom lens and looked across the canyon and here about half way down the canyon in an arch like area is the dwelling.

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The trail was nice with a lot of information about plants and the medical and resourceful uses the Indians and early settlers used then for along the way.  We talked to the Ranger back at the visitors center a bit to find out about the campgrounds for future reference and found out that our RV will fit ok in their sites, that the campground is usually not full and it is free!! How much better can it get.  Too bad we had already made a reservation for the weekend here in Page.  We will remember that for a future trip.  There are 3 hiking trails in this park so would be good for a two night stay.  They have water to fill your RV fresh water tank at the beginning of the campground, but other than that it is like most national parks in that there are no hookups at your campsite.

Now today the 2nd of October it is time to get ready for the day and see what this area has for us to see today in between errands to get ready for 6 days in the Grand Canyon.  This is basically what I call a lazy day – grocery store, laundry, sightseeing in the Glen  Canyon area and moving on tomorrow.  There is not a lot of time to see much but we will see what we can.

5 comments… add one

  • Tonni Oct 5, 2011

    Much better scenery here!!! I would love to get close and be able to investigate the cliff dwellings.
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  • Mary Bean Oct 5, 2011

    Enjoying reading about your vacation. Your pictures are wonderful, and so are your quilts!

  • Vivian Oct 5, 2011

    Just curious–do y’all plan your trips every step of the way or do you plan where you are going and then go with the flow of how many nights you will stay at each place.
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  • Judi Oct 5, 2011

    The cliff dwellings remind me of Mesa Verde in southern Colorado. Have you been there? We went when I was a kid and we were able to get right up close to them.
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  • Mary L Oct 6, 2011

    Can you imagine living like that? Fascinating.

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