- Nevada to
New Mexico: Petrified Forest, El Morro, and El
- The last day of March, we headed out of
Las Vegas early heading toward New Mexico. We
hit traffic when we crossed the Hoover dam.
Dam National Historic Site has tours, but
we couldn't find good RV parking so we
continued down the road.
- Chloride, Arizona
- The highlight of the day was a small town
Arizona between Boulder City, Nevada and
Kingman, Arizona on Highway 93. The town was
founded in 1862 with the discovery of silver.
The popular reached 2000 in the early 1900s.
Known for its folk
art, we enjoyed the mile long, gravel
road drive out to some rock painting done in
the 1960s and 1970s. The murals were started
in 1966 by well-known artist Roy Purcell
while he prospected in the area. On the way
back through toward we spent some time
exploring a cute jewelry shop.
- Petrified Forest National
- We spent the night in Meteor Crater City,
then headed to Petrified
Forest National Park. We stopped at the
Painted Desert visitor center and left the
RV. This park is full of interesting sights
including natural wonders, petrified wood,
and Indian ruins. We were disappointed that
many of the best petroglyph areas are
restricted to special tours. We'll have to
plan ahead next time to get a pass.
- The picture on the left shows the Blue
Mesa overlook. We didn't have time to hike
down into the valley, but it looked like fun.
The picture in the center below shows us next
to a house made from petrified wood. This
rock is formed over many years as
silica-bearing water seeps into logs. The
silica slowly replaces the wood fiber and
forms a type of quartz.
- El Malpais
- We spent the night at a cute campground
Morro and El
Malpais National Monument. This area is
beautiful. We had a great view of the
mountain and were surrounded by trees. We
woke up the next morning to a blanket of
- El Malpais is a volcanic area formed by a
series of eruptions 115,000 years ago. The
park contains lava tubes, caves, and crater,
but we didn't have a lot of time to explore.
We took a hike in the snow to a cave
overlook, but decided it might get slippery
climbing down to the entrance.
- We particularly enjoyed talking with the
ranger at the park visitor center who
provided a history of the area. We were
fascinated by the stories of Billy the Kid
and the possible location of the Hole in the
Wall. We need to come back again and do more
- El Morrow
- Inspiration Rock is a soft sandstone
monolith at El Morro National Monument. This
200 foot monolith is covered with hundreds of
inscriptions (see 1709 inscription above)
from throughout history. The monument
includes ancient petroglyphs and Pueblo
Indian ruins. The snow quickly melted, but
the hike to the top of the monolith was
closed because of ice. We'll have to save
that for another time.
- The drive to Santa Fe was snowy and
windy. We were happy when we arrived in Santa
Fe to a nice greeting at the RV park.
- Updated 5/02.
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