Tag Archives: Sightseeing

Chaco Canyon

Chaco Culture National Historical Park encompasses an important collection of ancient Puebloan ruins in NW New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon and a visit here has long been on my to do list.  A big difference here as opposed to places like … Continue reading

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Canyon de Chelly

Canyon de Chelly (pronounced də-SHAY) National Monument in NE Arizona wasn’t on my radar when I started the trip but some folks in Kanab convinced me to consider it, and I’m glad I did.  I was headed from the Grand … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon

I couldn’t go through the area without a trip to the Grand Canyon, could I?  In fact, a week of backpacking from the north side of the canyon was the original reason for the whole trip but stuff happened so … Continue reading

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Kanab Utah & Escalante National Monument

I spent about 3 days in the Kanab Utah area, which has lots of stuff to see and do, and is kinda the gateway to Escalante, Bryce, Zion, and more.  Kanab’s own Visitor Center and the BLM’s Grand Staircase/Escalante Visitor … Continue reading

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Glen Canyon Dam / Lake Powell

The Glen Canyon Dam is an impressive bit of engineering but I can’t help thinking that J. W. Powell would be ashamed to have his name associated with the lake behind it.  A big surprise for me was that the … Continue reading

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Meteor Crater

Meteor Crater isn’t a hiking destination but it’s a great side-trip if you’re ever 40 miles east of Flagstaff on I-40.  It’s big – 3900′ diameter and 560′ deep – too big for me to get it all in one … Continue reading

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Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park covers an area of 230 square miles with a chunk of the Painted Desert in the north end.  A 28-mile road runs north-south, with many pull-off areas to see various sights.  There are several short hikes … Continue reading

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Sinks Canyon State Park – Wyoming

Some friends and I were in Lander WY with an afternoon free before beginning a trip in the Wind River Range so we visited Sinks Canyon State Park.  The main feature here is a large canyon where the Middle Fork … Continue reading

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Mammoth Cave

The largest known cave system in the world.  It’s pretty big.  One might even say it’s mammoth, and it was kinda on my way home from Virginia so I figured I had to stop at Mammoth Cave in Kentucky.

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New River Gorge (West Virginia)

I planned one stop on the way back from Virginia but added two more.  The first was New River Gorge National River – a 72,000 acre national park that encompasses 53 miles of the New River.  The area is chock-full … Continue reading

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