Fossil Forest National Park, as it seems today, is nothing more than a barren and lifeless land. However, these deserts are a living science laboratory that shows that millions of years ago the land flourished with large river systems, forests, prehistoric plants and animals. They are two entrances to the park. The Paint Desert Visitor Center is at the north entrance and the Rainbow Forest Museum and Gift Shop are at the south entrance. In between is a scenic 28-mile highway with winding hills and winding meadows that showcase one of the world’s largest fossil fuels. Along the highway, there are pilot and short driving trips to areas with hiking trails overlooking the landscape, allowing you to take a closer look. To look differently at the painted desert, you have to drive from Winslow on Highway 87 north for fourteen miles to the painted view of the desert. The color difference is amazing and worth the trip.
What can we say about the Grand Canyon? We learned about the valley at school, we saw it in National Geography, we watched movies made in and around the valley, we read books about it. However, none of this comes close to standing on the edge of the valley. Which part of the edge stands one, the valley has miles of edge that can stand on it and each place gives something different to see?
The best way to see the valley along the South Entrance Road is the South Edge Trail, which runs from Hermit’s Rest to South Kaibab and covers only less than thirteen miles, most of it with only slightly paved slopes and eyes. Shows the excellent size of it. Valley For those who want to enter the valley, there are four paths to choose from. Hermit Rest, Kolb Studios, South Kebab and Grandview Trail. All four are considered very difficult and the Grandview route is only recommended for experienced climbers.
Leaving the visitor center and traveling to Desert View Drive (hwy 64) for the next 22 miles, you will follow the edge of the valley with too much traction to see the valley and four different side roads with sights. Between Moran Point and Lipan Point, be sure to see the Tucson Museum and Ruins on the right side of the road.
The Tuzigut National Monument in Clarkdale is a remnant of a southern Sinagua village. The ruin is located on the summit of a high ridge that rises 120 feet above the Word Valley. They are two asphalt trails here for personal enjoyment. The route leads a quarter of a mile to the top of the canopy of the ruins, and the other route is a one-way mile, passing one along the top of the ridge overlooking the valley.
Located near Camp Word, Montezuma Castle and Montezuma, eleven miles apart, are part of the Sinagua people who farmed in the Word Valley. The visitor center of both places is located on the castle site and includes a gift shop and a museum with information about both sites. The castle grounds have a paved circular walk a quarter of a mile through the beautiful sycamore grove along the Cheshmeh feeding stream. Along the way, you will see the ruins of a 5-storey rock house and castle carved 100 feet above the valley floor at a depth of a rock wall. The well site has a quarter-mile paved ring that leads one to the edge of the well, with 1.6 million gallons of water flowing through two valves at the bottom each day. On one side sits the rocky ruins of the great ruins of Pueblo. The shady forest along the route near the marine ruins is a 74-degree permanent discharge of water that passes through 150 feet of limestone through the well.
Highway 545 off Highway 89 is a beautiful 35-mile drive through the Sunset Crater National Park at the southern end and Wupatki National Park at the northern end. Along the way, one of the rolling hills in the Coconino National Forest moves into the open dry valleys.
Sunset Crater National Park preserves two volcanoes, and with 6.5 miles of trails, you can see the remnants of what happened hundreds of years ago when these volcanoes erupted. Route A’a passes right where the rugged blocks of basaltic lava are formed. The Lenox Crater reaches the summit of the crater 200 feet above the forest, where you can see views of O Leary and San Francisco. The Bonito Trail leads to a landscape where a river of lava rocks is trapped between two volcanoes. The lava flow loop moves around the sunset crater where extraordinary lava shapes are seen and a view of a scattered cone can be seen along the way where new vegetation emerges each year.
The Wukoki National Monument features the historic Six Pueblo, which can be seen on 2.4-mile trails. The 800-thousand-year-old ruins of Wokuki are one of the most impressive massifs, visible from miles away, and look like an old castle high in the sky. Wupatki Pueblo is located right behind the visitor center and is the largest Pueblo with 100 rooms. The half-mile ring hits one of the main structures with the ball ground forward and hits the hole, an attractive geological feature. The Citadel Pueblo is built on top of a mesa and covers every inch of available space. From the top of Mesa, you can see kilometers through the valley to the mountains. The Lomaki route leads one by two to the ruins of the Box Valley and ends at the Lomaki ruins. These ruins overlook a pair of small valleys.
Walnut Canyon National Park has two hiking trails that give you a chance to look back to see how these people have adapted to the terrain. The path of the island descends 185 feet into a valley 400 feet deep, where a ring path revolves around an island in the center of the valley. Along the ring road you can see 25 rock dwellings carved into the sandstone bluff, and views of other houses can be seen across the rock walls across the valley. The 7-mile walk through the valley passes through the mixed cross valley and the Penion Forest, where two views of the valley provide a beautiful view of the valley below and the rock houses. A somewhat rebuilt pit and Pueblo house has come out of the edge.
The Oak Creek Canyon Scanic Byway on Highway 89A is about 28 miles south of Flagstaff to Sedona. The early part of the highway from Flagstaff crosses hills through the Ponderosa pine forest, where deer herds often cross the highway. The 14-mile road from the Mogollon Rim through the Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona, at 4,500 feet in height, is stunningly beautiful and is ranked as one of the top 5 most spectacular rides in the United States by Rand McNeill.
At the summit is the Oak Creek Vista, which allows you to see the parts of the road that are twisted along the cliff walls, as well as the beauty of the valley with high cliffs on both sides. At first, one of them moves down the valley and around the curves and hairpins that embrace the walls of the valley in full yellow and gold colors.
Descending from a winding road along the Oak Creek Valley, it turns into a gentle decline that opens onto the oak foliage mixed with evergreen pines. Due to the clear oak creek that is present this year, it provides the possibility of greenery during spring and summer. Across the valley floor, the creek and the highway run parallel to each other, and the creek is up to a hundred feet lower on one level.
Within a few miles of the valley, you will notice that the rock walls are turning red from the yellow and gold cliffs and cliffs, and the cliffs are on one side of the road and on the other side of the forest. Across the valley, you can see the width from very narrow to hundreds of feet wide, where the valley floor below the highway has cottages, accommodation and small camps.
The Red Rock Scenic is just 10 miles south of Sedona. However, it can be time consuming. Entering from the bottom, you will see the valley on one side and the Ponderosa Pines hills on the other. After going three miles around the curve, red rocks appear. For the next seven miles, a winding, winding highway runs along a cliff with magnificent views of Rock Cathedral, Butte Court and Bell Rock. If time permits, stop by the Crescent Moon picnic area for a swim in the crystal clear oak and Red Rock State Park.
Ottman is a small town that is far from the passage, but it is worth the time and effort to see. Enter Eastman from the east, take the historic Route 66 from I-40 west of Kingman. For the first twelve miles, the road passes through dry, flat land with several old houses along the way. The road itself is very tidy and has all the small bumps on it, like a small baby air train. At Cool Spring Station, a historic building, now a museum and gift shop with mobile antique gas pumps in front of it are worth a few minutes. At this point, the road begins to climb through the Black Mountains along one of America’s most dangerous roads.
Over the next ten miles, the narrow, two-lane highway along the rock walls is repaired with hairpins and the return lane with a very limited amount of guard rails to protect the driver off-road and down the cliff. Unfortunately, if one looks close enough, there are cars sitting on the rock walls that are moving fast. At an altitude of 3,550 feet across the Sitgreaves, the road begins at Oatman, a former mining town that is now a ghost town and is 2,710 feet high.
Upon entering the city, you can see why so many people come here, take the modern vehicles parked in front of the shop, and feel as if they are 100 years behind. Most of the shops in the early 19th century appeared on wooden walkways on either side of the street, just like in the old days of the West. Monuments along the main street that once housed halls, banks and hotels are now museums, gift shops and restaurants. Due to the fact that the main street is the only street in the city, visitors and wild donkeys roam freely along the highway and slow down the passage of vehicles towards the reptile. As noon approaches, be prepared to witness another bank robbery that ends in a fight between two armed shooters, Billy Kid was not suitable for the two gunmen.
Jerome State Historic Park has been a spectacular sight since 1916, when the house was first built by James Douglas on a hill just above his small Daisy mine. The house is now a museum dedicated to the city of Jerome and the Douglas family. The museum displays minerals, mining equipment and copper mining artifacts around the city of Jerome. To get here, you have to cross the historic 89A route along a cliff along a narrow, winding road to Jerome, founded in 1876, with spectacular views of the Verde Valley. At the height of Jerome, 15,000 people lived here, now just over 400 live in this historic city. Today, art galleries and small wineries are located in the city center.
Red Rock State Park, located south of Sedona along the spectacular Red Rock Ring, is a 286-acre natural site with stunning views of the Red Rock Formations. The five-mile family trail is a network of rings connected to red rock or green Oak Creek landscapes, with an eagle nest ring, the highest point at 300 feet. The wildlife of the parks includes mule deer, spear, coyote, baboon and many species of birds.