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Top Tips For Visiting Mesa Verde In Winter

I've had seeing Mesa Verde in winter on my national park bucket list since I visited the park in 2017. And i sort of got to do that in December! I say sort of because we went for the Luminaria and it was just sort of snow-raining while we were at the top and we…

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Navajo National Monument: Hike To Incredible Ruins And Beautiful Canyon Views

I had been curious about Navajo National Monument for a while since we drove past the sign and turnoff a few times. Unfortunately, it was closed since I really knew about it because 2020. Well, it finally opened up again mid-2021, at least the self-guided part of it, and we knew we had to go…

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Montezuma Castle: A Not-So-Typical Castle In Arizona

After a nice morning visit to Tuzigoot National Monument, my parents and I headed over to Montezuma Castle National Monument about 30 minutes away. This is another pretty small park that can easily be done with very limited time. There is the main Montezuma Castle ruin and if you want, you can also go to…

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Tuzigoot National Monument: Probably The Most Fun Name For A National Monument Possible

One of the things I knew I wanted to do while my parents were visiting was to go to Jerome, Tuzigoot, and Montezuma Castle because I knew they were all really close together. They basically let me plan the trips, so what do you know, we got to go to all three! Don't worry, they…

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Hike To Ruins On The Walnut Canyon Island Trail In Flagstaff

In 2020 on one of our trips to Flagstaff we stopped at Walnut Canyon. The Island Trail was closed then so we just did the short Rim Trail. I thought it was nice but I wasn't blown away. I did want to come back eventually to do the Island Trail and this fall when my…

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Signal Hill Petroglyph Trail: Awesome Rock Art In Saguaro National Park

The Signal Hill Trail is a great short hike to petroglyphs in Saguaro National Park's west side. I've done this one twice and it's actually I think my favorite view in the park. It's just a dirt path taking you down to and across a wash before heading up to the top of the hill.…

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Agate House And Long Logs Trail: One Of The Best Hikes In Petrified Forest National Park

The last thing I did at Petrified Forest on both visits is hiking the Agate House and Long Logs loop trail by the Painted Desert Museum. My friend Michelle from Head Along With Heart posted about this over the winter last year and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to see…

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Don’t Poop In The Pueblo: Explore The Ancient Ruins Of Wupatki National Monument in Northern Arizona

Over the summer we spent a lot of time in Flagstaff and drove past Wupatki National Monument every time. Of course, we had to go so sometime in the middle of summer we finally decided to stop. It's the perfect hidden gem that deserves to be on more bucket lists and road trip itineraries. We…

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Hike To Easy Ruins On The Way To Halls Crossing On Lake Powell

I think this is officially my last post on our spring adventures and it's the one I'm most surprised I didn't do until this year: driving the Halls Crossing side of Highway 276 (still haven't taken the ferry, though) to see the ruins! I still haven't driven all the way dow to the marina there,…

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Explore The Five Kiva Pueblo Ruins In Blanding, Utah

We're still back in spring activities here and today is all about the Five Kiva Pueblo ruins in Blanding! We decided to go to Blanding for a few days this spring for some reason and on our way into town we stopped at the Five Kiva Pueblo ruins, literally right on the edge of town.…

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Bandelier National Monument: Hike To These Awesome Ruins On The Main Loop Trail (+ The Alcove Ruin!)

Way back in March on our trip out to Utah for the summer, we traveled through New Mexico. You may remember having seen a post a couple of months ago about the Falls Trail in Bandelier National Monument, well this one is all about the main draw to the park: the ruins on the main…

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Aliens, Robots, And Intestines, Oh My! These Are Some Of The Best Petroglyphs In Moab

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. I finally have all of my Moab rock art posts up and can share this one, too!  These are some of the best petroglyphs in Moab because of the subject and accessibility.  All…

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Sego Canyon Rock Art: Out Of This World Pictographs Just An Hour From Moab

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. If you've been here a while you'll know it's not shocking that I had no idea what the Sego Canyon Pictographs were basically until we were going.  I had heard of Sego Canyon…

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Intestine Man Pictograph Site + Bonus Petroglyphs Near Canyonlands National Park

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. One of the last rock art stops on our little Moab trip was the Intestine Man, one I was very excited about for a long time.  I didn't realize how easy it was…