"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood... And sorry I could not travel both. I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference." --Robert Frost

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Tuba City to Kayenta, AZ - Dinosaurs, Elephants & Monuments

Winslow, Arizona
McHood Count Park
Kayenta, Arizona
Burger King (!)

No, we weren't' broke down.  On our way out of Surprise we had an appointment to get the trailer tires inspected and rotated. 
It was nice to see everything with the brakes looked good since the replacement back in Placerville.
In, out and on our way!  All is good.
We drove to Mesa to have one last get together dinner at an Italian place with Trace, Guy, Sue, Harry and Vicki.  Some we'll see up in Utah.
 Lee could not be there because he was working late so he sent us a picture.  Good to see his happy face at least!
 On the way to Winslow there was this spectacular sunset!  Look at that heart in the cloud!!

We always stay at McHood County Park when we come through Winslow.  It's free and they have even done some upgrades.  No need to unhook the trailer as we're here just to sleep.
We just love visiting the La Posada Hotel.  Spring hasn't arrived yet.  Usually the grounds are landscaped very colorfully.  Either way, the history, the ambiance, the art, all wonderful here!
Steve and I just love the food too!  There is plenty of room to park large RVs along the road in front.  We always get "our usual".  Steve gets the Machaca while I love the AZ Green Chili Eggs.
 The Green Chili Eggs above and the Machaca below.

 Beautiful Spanish style.

 After breakfast we walked just down the street to Stand on the Corner.

 Then we discovered a nice little walk way along a park with some railroad history.  Very nice.

It's just a 3 1/2 hour drive to get to our next stop so we mosied along.  Instead of going through Flagstaff then heading north, we took a back way.  Turning off onto Townsend-Winona Rd brought us just above Flagstaff onto 89N.
We passed the turnoff to Bonita Campground and Sunset Crater that we'd like to visit another time, and Wapatki Indian Ruins that we have seen before.  After that, the scenery looks much like above for many miles.
 Then it changes and the color comes!  Ribbons of pink, yellow and cream.
We chose to stop along the way on Rt. 160 to visit some interesting things.  Just past Tuba City is a pull off to see some Moenkopi Dinosaur Tracks.  After turning onto 160, drive about 5 miles and you can't miss the large sign.  It will be on the left side.  Of course you are on Navajo land at this point.  The Navajo Nation is the largest Indian tribe in the U.S. It has the largest reservation, spreading 27,000 square miles over Arizona, New Mexico and Utah,
They hit you right up as soon as you get out of the truck to show you around and offer to sell you some jewelry.  Our guide was really good and there is no charge, just a tip.  We had no problem with that.
 Some petrified dinosaur poop.
If you look carefully above, you can see a HUGE track.  It is raised and the 3 toes are outlined in little stones.
 This is what's left of a petrified baby dinosaur.
 Above are petrified dinosaur eggs.
  The tracks are fascinating and all over the place.
Another 15 miles takes you to Elephant Feet.  You can't miss them as they stand right alongside the highway.  These giant sandstone pillars are pretty cool to see.
Along the drive you see some abandoned buildings.  Some have been covered with colorful murals.
Large ridges and canyons open up.  Some still covered with snow.
We arriver at our next stop in the town of Kayenta which has a display of the Navajo Code Talkers.  Interestingly, it is inside of the Burger King.



We found it very interesting and large enough to be in a small museum of its own.  There is one large display and several other smaller ones throughout the dining area.  Only problem is there is so much glare on the display glass that it's hard to read some of it.  I really expected there to be more info about the Navajo's themselves, but it was mostly about the Japanese.
Once you turn north on Rt 163 at Kayenta you are only about 20 miles from the Utah border.  This causes havoc with our devices as the Navajo Nation goes by Mountain Time.  Only my iPhone seemed to pay attention to that.  The truck and all our computers decided to stay on Arizona time.  We should get to our campsite well before dark.
At this point you get just a teaser of what is to come once at Monument Valley.
When we got to what I thought was the correct campground, I learned that you need to pay attention to the similar names of the two parks here.  One is Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.  The other is Navajo National Monument.  We are going to see both, but camp at one.  Of course, it's the OTHER one back the way we came.  It's was getting late, we're tired and didn't want to chance arriving at the campground when we don't know what to expect.  We were told no big rigs can fit, but the campground ranger says there are some that we can easily get in.  We decide to stay at Burger King.  That was a first for us.  It has a huge parking lot and there were already a few truckers and a camper there.  We got tucked in for the night and then another motorhome pulled in.  It was uneventful and we left early in the morning for the CORRECT park.

Did we make it there?  Did we fit?  Was there cell service?
Read our next post to find out!



  1. We always drive past the turn off for the dinosaur tracks but have never stopped. We may have to do that. We learned about La Posada from your blog and so glad that we had breakfast one morning. Glad your brakes checked out.

    1. Glad you enjoyed LaPosada! There are a few neat things down that road.

  2. Planning to spend a few days around Winslow next spring so we'll have to check out La Posada. Maybe a stop at the dinosaur tracks is in order to.

    1. There really is a lot you can see from Winslow.

  3. We love that area. Monument valley and southeast Utah.

    1. It's nice to go back through it. We'll be repeating a few spots coming up. It was fun to be there 20 years ago with the kids, but also fun to see it with just the two of us.

  4. Nice that you were able to hook up with the gang for dinner! The dinosaur tracks are pretty cool, those things are huge!

    1. There's been quite a few of us criss crossing paths around here! We really liked walking around seeing those tracks.

  5. Your breakfast looks so tasty! Very cool dinosaur tracks!! Being a 'plastic pro', they should have used non-glare acrylic for the display cases. I like the mural on the building and the colors of the surrounding mountains/plateaus.

    1. You're the PRO! I didn't know they made non-glare cases. That would've been great!


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