Colorado Springs to Chinle (Canyon de Chelly), AZ
We departed Peterson AFB, Colorado Springs about 6:00 am and headed South and then West on Colorado 160 to Alamosa, CO where we turned South and drove into New Mexico and subsequently into Arizona. We arrived in Chinle, AZ about 3:00 pm after a beautiful drive. We stopped along the way (of course) to take a number of photographs of the Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona scenery. One of my favorite photos is that of the rolling hills in Huerfano County, CO (Rt 160) with a light dusting of snow and the bare trees. Looking at the detail of this almost black and white photo amazes me; it is very simple, yet detailed. The highlight of the drive was on the paved Indian Route 13 through New Mexico and Arizona. The picture with the horses on the road side was taken in Arizona on this highway. After arriving in Chinle, AZ and visiting the Canyon de Chelly park headquarters, we drove the South Rim Drive, a 36 mile round trip through the canyon where there were 8 pull-outs to get grand views of the canyon. The following morning, we had a scheduled tour of the canyon thru Canyon de Chelly Tours where we had a local Navajo guide who drove a 4-wheel drive Suburban (we needed the 4-wheel drive). This was well worth the time and money for the tour. In addition to seeing many historic sights, we got a history lesson. In the early afternoon we continued our journey to Sedona, AZ where we checked into the Cozy Cactus B&B about 6:00 pm. This is a 5 Star B&B; a great place to stay when in Sedona. Tune in tomorrow for our adventures into the forest north of Flagstaff.