The first part of June I was getting restless with no car shows sense February so we took the camper on a 3 day trip. Started the first day by driving to the Meteor Creator on I-40 east of Flagstaff 30 miles and arrived there at 9 AM as it was cool enough to leave Charlie (our dog) in the truck.
The crater is 2.4 miles in circumference, 550 feet deep and 50,000 years old.
You can not go down inside the crater but the look outs are good and there is a guided walking tour on the rim.
Looking down from the lookout to the courtyard of the visitor center with our truck camper in the parking lot.
Nice visitor center and gift shop with a museum and theater that shows a film on the creation of the crater.
When we came out there was a 1940 2 door sedan towing a old trailer in the parking lot and I spoke with the owner and his wife. They are from Michigan and driving the entire Route 66 all the way to California.
We drove from the meteor crater to Winslow and visited the Tee Pee Motel on route 66 then to "standin' on the corner", a Eagles song "take it easy" with lyrics "standin on the corner in Winslow Arizona such a fine site to see o my lord its girl in a flat bed Ford slowin' down to take a look at me" note the flat bed ford in the window behind me.
Then it was on to the Petrified Forest National park with the first stop at Rainbow Forest where there is a visitor center. museum, gift shop and a self guided walking tour.
These are a few pictures of the petrified trees on the walking path.
A stop at the agate bridge where there is a petrified tree across a wash.
When you leave the petrified forest and enter the painted desert you cross route 66 where this marker and car are.
We stopped at several spots in the Painted Desert.
And the visitor center.
At the end of the first day we went from the painted desert to a KOA RV park in Holbrook.
The next morning we took the back roads, hwy 87 from Winslow through Camp Verde to Montezuma Castle National Monument.
Built by Southern Sinagua farmers between 1100 and 1300 a 5 story 20 room dwelling that occupies a cliff recess 100 feet above the valley.
Then it was on to Montezuma Well (above and below) a limestone sink formed long ago, still fed by continuously flowing springs. There is a self guided walking tour that is about 2 miles.
It was a short drive to Tuzigoot (Apache for "crooked water")National Monument through the Verde Valley that is the remnant of Southern Sinagua village built between 1000 and 1400 the original pueblo was two stories high in places, with 87 ground-floor rooms.
It was not lunch time yet so we drove through Cottonwood, Clarkdale and Jerome to Prescott where we stopped at In-Out Burger for lunch then a easy drive home.