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Author: utahtea Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 2374  
Subject: Re: West Coast Trip Date: 1/20/2001 3:52 AM
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Carlsbad caverns, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Roswell, Flagstaff, The Grand Canyon, Hopi indian reservation (Anazazi, more National Parks. Maybe tombstone.
I need to lok a lot of this up online and get some newer maps. I'm interested in Hopi and Zuni pottery.


I have a few ideas. OY, here I go again:)

Carlsbad Caverns are my favorite caverns and we have visited many others.

We didn't spend much time in Roswell it was raining very hard the day we were there. Just east of there on Hwy 380 is a little city called Lincoln with a big history! It's the place of the Lincoln County Wars and Billy the Kid. http://www.zianet.com/snm/lincwar.htm

Near by on Hwy 380 is where Smokey the Bear was found and they have a visitor center. http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/forestry/smokey.htm

I've always wanted to go to Taco but haven't been yet.

We did not spend much time in Santa Fe, but not far from there is Bandelier National Monument http://www.nps.gov/band/index.htm

I hope you will consider Mesa Verde National Park in southern Colorado. They have the best cliff dewelings. http://www.nps.gov/meve/index.htm

Since you are towing a jeep you might be interested in going out to see Chaco Canyon National Historic Park in New Mexico. http://www.nps.gov/chcu/index.htm This place is awesome!!!! You do have to drive down a dirt road but any car would do.

On I 40 between Albuquerque and Gallop are a few place of interest. Acoma Pueblo which we didn't get to visit. El Malpais which we didn't get a good view of because it was pouring down rain. BTW, don't go to New Mexico in August because that is their monsoon season! El Morro was very interesting. http://www.nps.gov/elmo/index.htm

You mentioned the Hopi Reservation. We drove from Window Rock, AZ on Hwy 264 through the heart of the reservation to Tuba City. It was a magnificate drive. I wish we had more time to explore on that trip. I don't know if you would want to take your 34 ft motorhome on that road. There were some windy places and grades to drive, but it's been so long I really couldn't say. I guess you could always make a day trip of it in the jeep. http://www.hopi.nsn.us/Pages/Hopi_2.htm & http://www.hopi.nsn.us/

You might want to look in to Historic Route 66 because you will be running into it a lot when you drive I 40.

Also the Jeep could be real handy in Utah. There are so many jeep trails that lead to beautiful places. Let me know if you are interested in more information. Maybe on the return trip:)

If you have more specific questions I would be happy to answer if I can.

Utahtea (the travel Queen of the West!)






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