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Inscription Rock: El Morro National Monument, NM

“Paso por aqui, el adelantado Don Juan de Oñate, del descubrimiento de la mar del sur a 16 de Abril de 1605.” Translated, the inscription proclaims: “Passed by here, the expedition leader Don Juan de Oñate, from the discovery of … Continue reading

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Trail of the Ancients: A Journey worth Taking, Part 2

From Natural Bridges National Monument where we ended the first part of our incredible journey of discovery, the Trail of the Ancient Scenic Byway turns south at the junction with Highways 95 and 261. Along this route you’ll find access … Continue reading

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Trail of the Ancients: A Journey worth Taking

Spring is here. No really, it is (don’t pay attention to the weather on this one). And that means that thoughts of a spring road trip are probably popping into the forefront of your mind. Far too often we see … Continue reading

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High Rise Apartment: Montezuma Castle National Monument, AZ

Montezuma Castle, a five-level cliff dwelling nestled into a limestone alcove high above the flood plain of Beaver Creek, isn’t a castle and has nothing to do with Montezuma. The misattribution is traced to the 1870s, when explorers, doubting that … Continue reading

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Arizona State Park Saved: Homolovi Reopens

In an earlier post (Homolovi, AZ: What’s in a Name?), I reported that cooperation between the Hopi Tribe and Arizona State Parks would soon result in the reopening of Homolovi Ruins State Park. The Hopi entered into a one-year agreement … Continue reading

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Homolovi, AZ: What’s in a Name?

Arizona could soon rename and reopen an existing state park.  It’s a protected area that already has a state park designation but operating under a different name. The Hopi Tribe recently entered into a one-year agreement with Arizona State Parks, … Continue reading

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Big House: Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, AZ

For over a thousand years, prehistoric farmers inhabited much of the present-day state of Arizona. When the first Europeans arrived, all that remained of this ancient culture were the ruins of villages, irrigation canals, and various artifacts. Among these ruins … Continue reading

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Place in the Rocks: Canyon de Chelly National Monument, AZ, Part 2

Driving the canyon rims and viewing the canyon from the overlooks is an excellent introduction to Canyon de Chelly and gives you an idea of how else you might want to explore the canyon. South Rim Drive Offering panoramic views … Continue reading

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Place in the Rocks: Canyon de Chelly National Monument, AZ

From the mesa east of Chinle on the Navajo Reservation, Canyon de Chelly (pronounced “de shay”) is invisible. Then as one approaches, suddenly the world falls away—1,000 feet down a series of vertical red walls. The sheer walls, shaped and … Continue reading

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Place by Flowing Waters: Aztec Ruins National Monument, NM

Melting snow and rain from the 14,000-foot peaks of Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, feeds the Animas as it winds its way south through a narrow and fertile valley before flowing into the San Juan River southwest of the modern town … Continue reading

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