DAY 13 PLAN: Winslow Pickup Day (option 3)


THE PLAN FOR TODAY

PICKUP DAY: Winslow, AZ

  • break camp
  • Rest
  • Visit Winslow area
  • Administrative day (resupply, laundry, etc.)
  • Set up camp

NITE: EITHER Hike-in Backcountry camping / Painted Desert National Park, AZ –OR– Primitive camping on private land / Rock Art Canyon Ranch, AZ

ESTIMATED TIMETABLE:

NO TRAVEL

WEATHER: WINSLOW

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SEGMENT DETAILS

ACTIVITIES:

Rest Day

LODGING: OPTION A – Painted Desert
Petrified Forest National Park
(see park website)

With one of the world’s largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood, multi-hued badlands of the Painted Desert, historic structures, archeological sites, and displays of over 200-million-year-old fossils, this is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. The Petrified Forest National Park stretches north and south between Interstate 40 and Highway 180.

  • To stay overnight in the Wilderness Area, a free permit must be obtained at least one hour before the park closes. Permits are issued from the Painted Desert Visitor Center, Painted Desert Inn, and Rainbow Forest Museum.
  • Most backpackers hike into the Painted Desert at the north end of the park. Parking, facilities, and an access trail are available at Painted Desert Inn. Backpackers must hike north of Lithodendron Wash (1 mile from the access trailhead) before setting up camp.
  • Multiple interesting Trails (see the website)
  • The park road runs 28 miles from end to end, with an optional 3.5 mile loop road at Blue Mesa. Travel time through the park is approximately 1 hour, without any stops. An average visit to the park is from 2-5 hours.
  • Directions: Travel west on I-40 to exit 311. drive the 28 miles through the park and connect with Highway 180 at the south end. Travel 19 miles on Highway 180 North to return to Interstate 40 via Holbrook.
  • FEE: $10/vehicle

LODGING: OPTION B – Rock Art Canyon Ranch
Winslow AZ
(see review on website)
phone: (928)288-3260 or (928) 386-5047.

For more primitive camping, Rock Art Ranch, 20 miles east of Holbrook or 13 miles west of Winslow, and accessed via 10+ miles of unimproved road, allows overnight stays at the top of a narrow canyon famous for its collection of petroglyphs (ancient rock carvings).

  • For more primitive camping, Rock Art Ranch, 20 miles east of Holbrook or 13 miles west of Winslow, and accessed via 10+ miles of unimproved road, allows overnight stays at the top of a narrow canyon famous for its collection of petroglyphs (ancient rock carvings). This is a very special place where only pictures should be taken and hands kept off the walls. The canyon has water running year round and is a true oasis in this parched land. A toilet and shade shelter are provided at the camping area.
  • Reservations must be made in advance as this is private land and access is denied without the owner’s permission.

NOTES:

17 JAN 2010: Depending on our choices coming from New Mexico, we will have different options here. (as we will have different possible amounts of time to spend here prior to heading to Grand Canyon.)

In terms of places to stay, the two options i see that seem really interesting are:

Option 1: Wilderness camping in the petrified forest. This option requires us to hike in at least one mile to set up camp somewhere in the wilderness area. But it can be pretty cool i think! (of course we will have to carry in our water, and whatever else we want to bring… but might be amazing!!!!)

Option 2: Searching around on the national parks site i found the following reference:

<< For more primitive camping, Rock Art Ranch, 20 miles east of Holbrook or 13 miles west of Winslow, and accessed via 10+ miles of unimproved road, allows overnight stays at the top of a narrow canyon famous for its collection of petroglyphs (ancient rock carvings). This is a very special place where only pictures should be taken and hands kept off the walls. The canyon has water running year round and is a true oasis in this parched land. A toilet and shade shelter are provided at the camping area. Reservations must be made in advance as this is private land and access is denied without the owner’s permission. The number to contact is (928)288-3260 or (928) 386-5047. >>

and so i googled the place and saw rave reviews from folks who have visited… this might be a SUPER place to stay as there also seems to be a friendly host who is willing to chat with visitors etc, and has a really interesting history…


PLANNING ASSETS

  • New Mexico state official tourism site (about the state, plus things to do, etc.)
  • Native American New Mexico info about native american tribal events and activities open to the public.
  • Chaco Culture National Historical ParkThis Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, hosting the densest and most exceptional concentration of pueblos in the American Southwest. It is located in a relatively inaccessible canyon cut by the Chaco Wash, and contains the most sweeping collection of ancient ruins north of Mexico. There is a primitive campground inside the park. Tucked amongst the fallen boulders and cliffs of Gallo Wash, the campground offers camping in a rugged environment, surrounded by petroglyphs, a cliff dwelling, inscriptions, and a high desert landscape. There is no shade. The campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Indian Pueblo Cultural Center – in Albuquerque, has a schedule of dance performances as well as other native american cultural programming
  • Manzano state park – a state park near to Albuquerque that has camping
  • something native american? – here is a calendar of new mexico native american events and dances. and this is the site of the taos pueblo, where they sometimes have a very beautiful relgious dance called matachines. and another calendar of dances and events (with notices about photography policy)
  • Acoma Sky City Pueblo tour… on the Acoma reservation that is between Albuquerque and Gallup. It has the oldest continally inhabited pueblo, and there are tours given by tribal members for tourist (seems like it is very well developed tourism, but has gotten high ratings)
  • Arizona state official tourism site (about the state, plus things to do, etc.)
  • Petrified Forest National Park – is along the way
  • Backpack camping in wilderness area – must hike in at least one mile, but could be amazing!
  • Near Winslow, Homolovi Ruins state park – developed “family” type campground
  • petrified wilderness area and painted desert