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Monument Valley

We’re heading towards Lake Powell and on the way went through Monument Valley, on the border of Arizona and Utah, east of the Grand Canyon. We’ll be in at Lake Powell, near Page AZ, for a couple of days to do some shopping and laundry before heading over to the North Rim… again!

After some steady rain in CO for a few days the weather remains beautiful. It’s a little warm in the Lake Powell area, upper 90’s, but we’ll have hookups at the Wahweap Campground, which is part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

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Heading home, day 1, Hovenweep

We’re not really heading home, but we are heading ‘towards’ home. Today we left our so-so campsite in the San Juan National Forest between Pagosa Springs and Durango, and headed west. Our destination was Hovenweep National Monument.

We visited here a few years back, in 2015. In fact we where here 6 years ago to the day… or was it 6 years ago June… oh well.

We stayed in the campground and there were only 2 other people here, which is about the same as when we were here last. The weather was warm but not too hot. We only stayed one day but before we left in the morning Tira and I did the Square Tower Trail which winds from the visitor center around the small canyon here, and passes by a number of ruins. About 800 years ago there were 2500 people living in the area in half a dozen small villages. They left behind some of the most striking stone structures anywhere.

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Pagosa Springs and Chimney Rock

We moved last week further east and landed almost to Pagosa Springs. This is our campsite:

We hadn’t intended to stay here, it’s right on a dirt road and it’s really really un-level. It was raining when we got here so we didn’t have a lot of choice. The road beyond this point got worse and the rain didn’t help, so we parked intending to move in a day.

Well, that didn’t happen and we actually ended up really enjoying our stop here. There was more ATV traffic than I normally liked but we were gone most days and so it didn’t really bother us too much. Plus there is just forest for miles right behind me, we heard elk bugle a couple of times as they moved through the hills. Penne and I enjoyed a couple of nice walk back through the trees when it wasn’t raining.

While here we made a trip into Pagosa Springs and did some sightseeing, waded in the warm water of the San Juan river, did some shopping and had one of the best lunches of the trip at “Meltdown on Main”. We also stopped at the local heritage museum and spoke to a lady working there who was on Kodiak Island in 1964!

Also while in the area we made a trip to Chimney Rock National Monument, which is between Pagosa Springs and Durango. While there we walked the lower trail around the visitor area and Scott walked up the 1 mile Pueblo trail to the Great Kiva and views of Chimney Rock.

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