Mesa Verde - Four Corners - Petrified Forest - Canyon de Chelly

Another exciting and fun weekend on the road!

In our last episode, we headed south to Roswell, New Mexico looking for aliens.

After that we checked out Carlsbad Caverns, followed by a stay at Stanton Fort.  On our way we ran across a really cool pageant called “the last escape of billy the kid” in Lincoln, NM.

In this episode we’re heading North to check out Mancos, Colorado, Mesa Verde National Park, the Four Corners, Canyon De Chelley, and the Petrified forest.

It dipped into the 50’s at night, so we went to bed with the windows open and got a great nights sleep.  Our morning wakeup was awesome with the smell of pine trees and early morning campfires still lingering about.

We started out Mesa Verde at the visitor center where we learned about the Pueblo Indians and what life was like living on the cliffs.  We also picked up our tickets for a tour of the Balcony House ruins.

It was about 20 miles across the mountains to get to Balcony House, and we stopped for some breath-taking views along the way.

At the Balcony House ruins we joined up with our tour guide and spent the next couple hours hiking, climbing, squeezing through tight spots and getting educated.  By the way, the ladders are not for the faint of heart!

After the Balcony House, we did the self-guided thing through some of the other ruins in the park.

The next day we ate a nice breakfast before heading off to the Four corners and further South to Canyon De Chelly.  The Four Corners, is where Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico state lines all meet.

One of the benefits of roaming around in a camper…  after a quick lunch it was back on the bumpy road through Navajo Nation down to Canyon De Chelly National Park.

There’s only one public trail in Canyon De Chelly, and it was an awesome 1.5 mile hike down to the White House Ruins.

Ethan got tired on this trip as expected, and Sandy loaded all 45lbs of him on her back and hiked the 1.5 miles back out over nearly 550 feet of elevation gain.  This definitely counted for her daily exercise.

The next day we made it down to the Petrified Forest National Park and after setting up camp in gift shop parking lot on the South end, we headed in to check things out.

We had an easy evening back at the gift shop parking lot, the owners will let you stay free and electricity is only $10 if you want it.  Once the shop closed, we were the only ones there.  The next morning, we packed up and our extended weekend trip came to an end as we made our way back to Albuquerque.

In our next episode, we get invited to the Gelena King mine and have an unexpected adventure, watching out for bats, mountain lions, and snakes!

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In our last episode we had an crazy busy 4-day weekend.  We made it to Mesa Verde National Park, the Four Corners, Canyon De Chelly, and the Petrified forest.

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