More exploring in the Southwest
There were still many places in the great Southwest that I hadn’t yet seen. The Springtime promised milder weather and was a good opportunity to go exploring; so, I headed on down the road.
A couple things in the eastern part of the state were calling. It had been a while since camping in the Organ Mountains, a stop to see the Toy Train Depot and the Mexican Canyon Trestle. Finally got to see Sitting Bull Falls, the Pecos River Flume, and discovered a couple of new boondock camps. Then a stop to learn about Smokey Bear, and the ancient ones at Blackwater Draw. Discovered a wetlands area at Storrie Lake SP with an RV friend, and got reacquainted with the Pecos River, and snow.
I finally got around to checking out the sights in the northwestern part of the state. Found some new camps, and saw new places. Highlights were the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, Bisti Wilderness, and Angel Peak. The other stops were pretty interesting too.
I made a quick trip across northeastern Arizona, stopping at just a few places; Window Rock which is the center of the Navajo Nation, the Hubble Trading Post, the Hopi Cultural Center, and Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River.
There were several places I wanted to see and missed the last time I went through southern Utah. Lone Rock in Glen Canyon NRA, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Kodachrome Basin were the major stops. Between those I discovered a few hiking trails, and other interesting sights like Red Canyon and Long Canyon.
Visiting the Colorado National Monument was one of my goals for this summer; very scenic canyons and cliffs. In an effort to stay cool, I sought higher elevations in the San Juan Mountains around Lake City. Besides the comfortable temperatures, there was beautiful scenery and many boondock camps. I especially liked Henson Creek, Whitmore Falls, and Cataract Gulch.