Chasin Aliens

Drove Gene and his son Gavin the 25 miles south to experience the amazing Alien Run Trail. This is high desert riding at its finest. Located just south of Aztec, New Mexico, rumor has it that an alien space craft crashed at this site. I have to say that the three single track loops you can take are out of this world! The boys handled the 6 mile beginner loop like champs

Canyon de Chelly

Tracy and I took a weekend camping trip to Canyon de Chelly National Monument where we took a 3 hour guided horseback tour on the canyon floor, checked out 10 different overlooks, and hiked down 800 feet to the White House Ruins. Canyon de Chelly was established on April 1, 1931 as a unit of the National Park Service. It is located in northeastern Arizona, 3 1/2 hour drive from Durango, within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation. Reflecting one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes of North America, it preserves ruins of the early indigenous tribes that lived in the area, including the Ancient Pueblo Peoples (also called Anasazi) and Navajo. The monument covers 83,840 acres  and encompasses the floors and rims of the three major canyons: de Chelly, del Muerto, and Monument. These canyons were cut by streams with headwaters in the Chuska mountains just to the east of the monument. None of the land is federally owned. In 2009 Canyon de Chelly National Monument was recognized as one of the most-visited national monuments in the United States.

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Chaco Canyon Day Three

The third and final installment from the family weekend camping trip to Chaco Canyon. On this day we hiked to another magnificent ruin, then hiked about 2 miles up a narrow rock canyon to a ledge overlooking Pueblo Bonita. Then it was time to pack up camp and head back to Durango. This weekend we are off to Natural Bridges National Monument, west of Blanding, Utah to camp, hike, ride, and explore.

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