Our final stop is the Petrifed Forest which is really so much more. No tours needed for this. It is a 28 mile drive with frequent stops for scenery, hikes and snap shots. It has to be one of the most beautiful stretches of road in the world. The road is paved, thankfull, unlike our two previous stops, and by entering from the north, at the end, we are a few minutes away from I 40, our only interstate on the entire trip. One important aspect of this spot is...
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We depart for Canyon de Chelly, another sacred Navajo area. This, one, however is a national park. Canyon de Chelly is a wonderful mix. It is a protected canyon with only one way to get in so people have taken shelter here for some 5000 years. You can see much of it from the 30 mile round trip tours of its rims. Or, you can hire a guide who will take you to see the cliff dwellings, the petroglyphs and hear a recap of the massacre of most of the residents ...