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Our First Motorhome Vacation June 1,2003 - June 30, 2003

Fort Verde * Fort Verde State Historic Park is the best preserved example of an Indian Wars period fort in Arizona. Spanning from 1865 through 1890 Camp Lincoln, Camp Verde and finally Fort Verde were home to officers, doctors, families, enlisted men, and scouts. Fort Verde was the primary base for General George Crook’s U.S. Army scouts and soldiers. 
Today visitors can experience three historic house museums, Commanding Officer’s Quarters, Bachelors' Quarters and Doctor’s Quarters on Officer's row, all furnished in the 1880s period. (These buildings are all listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places due to their unique architectural and historic significance.) In the former Administration building there are interpretive exhibits with period artifacts on military life, Indian Scouts and Indian Wars history.

Camp Verde, Arizona 86322 


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Montezuma Castle * This five-level, 20 room cliff dwelling nestled into a limestone recess high above Beaver Creek served as a high-rise apartment building for prehistoric Sinagua Indians over 600 years ago. It is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America.
Erroneously named for the 16th century Aztec ruler, the site is a classic example of the last phase of southern Sinagua occupation of the Verde Valley.

Montezuma Castle is located 3 miles off Interstate 17. Use exit number 289. Drive east to the blinking light and turn left follow signs to the visitor center.


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Tuzigoot N Monument * Crowning a desert hilltop is an ancient pueblo. From a roof top a child scans the desert landscape for the arrival of traders, who are due any day now. What riches will they bring? What stories will they tell? Will all of them return? From the top of the Tuzigoot Pueblo it is easy to imagine such an important moment. Tuzigoot is an ancient village or pueblo built by a culture known as the Sinagua. The pueblo consisted of 110 rooms including second and third story structures. The first buildings were built around A.D. 1000. The Sinagua were agriculturalists with trade connections that spanned hundreds of miles. The people left the area around 1400. The site is currently comprised of 42 acres. 

The Monument is located just north of Clarkdale, Arizona. The park is 52 miles south of Flagstaff, Arizona via U.S. Alternate Highway 89A, or 90 miles north of Phoenix. Travel Interstate Highway 17, take Exit 287 and travel west on Highway 260 to Cottonwood. In Cottonwood take Main Street north towards Clarkdale. 


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Slide Rock N Park * Cool off at a natural rock slide in an area so scenic it has been listed by Life Magazineas one of America's ten most beautiful swimming holes. Many people don't consider a trip to Arizona complete without a run down Slide Rock. This area has become so popular it was designated a park partially to keep it from being loved to death. Now it is managed in partnership by the U. S. Forest Service (creek and waterslide) and the Arizona State Parks Department (parking and other amenities). Those two agencies combine to make this popular attraction a great place to have a picnic, slide down the slide, or just catch some rays. Try to pick a time off peak-use periods for your visit, but don't be surprised if you still have lots of company.

On US 89A, drive 21 miles south from Flagstaff, or 6 miles north from Sedona. You can't miss it.


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  Fort Verde  
  Montezuma Castle  
  Tuzigoot N Monument  
  Slide Rock N Park  
Walnut Canyon NM * Walk in the footsteps of people who lived at Walnut Canyon more than 700 years ago. Peer into their homes, cliff dwellings built deep within canyon walls. The presence of water in a dry land made the canyon rare and valuable to its early human inhabitants. It remains valuable today as habitat for plants and animals. See for yourself on trails along the canyon rim and into the depths.

Leave I-40 at Exit 204, 7.5 miles (12 km) east of Flagstaff; drive south 3 miles (5 km) to the canyon rim. Warning: Tight turn-around in parking area for towed vehicles; 40 feet (12 meters) maximum length is recommended.


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Sedona AZ * (45 Slides)
Wupatki * Less than 800 years ago, Wupatki Pueblo was the largest pueblo around. It flourished for a time as a meeting place of different cultures. Yet this was one of the warmest and driest places on the Colorado Plateau, offering little obvious food, water, or comfort. How and why did people live here? The builders of Wupatki and nearby pueblos have moved on, but their legacy remains.

From Flagstaff, take US 89 north for 12 miles (19km), turn right at sign for Sunset Crater Volcano - Wupatki National Monuments. The Visitor Center is 21 miles (34km) from this junction.


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Citatel Ruins * (17 Slides)
  Walnut Canyon NM  
  Sedona AZ  
  Citatel Ruins  
Lomaki Ruin NM * Lomaki, Hopi for Beautiful House, sits along a small box canyon. Tree-ring dating of roof timbers indicates the occupants lived here from about a.d. 1190 to 1240. The small two-story pueblo contained nine rooms. A quarter-mile trail from the parking area also passes small dwellings beside Box Canyon. The Hwy 89 turnoff for Lomaki lies northwest of Wupatki Visitor Center, 0.3 mile beyond the Citadel ruin on the opposite side of the road.

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Grand Canyon * (64 Slides)
Lake Powell * (57 Slides)
Mesa Verde * Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1300. Today, the park protects over 4,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.

Mesa Verde National Park is in Southwestern Colorado. The Mesa Verde Headquarters is a one-hour drive from Cortez, Colorado, heading east on Highway 160 to the park turnoff, and a 1.5 hour drive from Durango, Colorado, heading west on Highway 160 to the park turnoff.


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  Lomaki Ruin NM  
  Grand Canyon  
  Lake Powell  
  Mesa Verde  
Silverton CO * (17 Slides)
Silverton Mine Tour * (15 Slides)
Silverton Train * (28 Slides)
Silverton to Ouray CO * (14 Slides)
  Silverton CO  
  Silverton Mine Tour  
  Silverton Train  
  Silverton to Ouray CO  
Ouray CO * (16 Slides)
Black Canyon * The Black Canyon of the Gunnison's unique and spectacular landscape was formed slowly by the action of water and rock scouring down through hard Proterozoic crystalline rock.
No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths offered by the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is located approximately 250 miles southwest of Denver.

South Rim: 15 miles east of Montrose, via U.S. Highway 50 and CO Highway 347

North Rim: 11 miles south of Crawford, via CO Highway 92 and North Rim Road (unpaved)


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Morrow Point Dam * (13 Slides)
Arches N Park * Arches National Park preserves over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, like the world-famous Delicate Arch, as well as many other unusual rock formations. In some areas, the forces of nature have exposed millions of years of geologic history. The extraordinary features of the park create a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures that is unlike any other in the world. 

The entrance to Arches is located 5 miles north of Moab, UT along Highway 191


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  Ouray CO  
  Black Canyon  
  Morrow Point Dam  
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