On the second day of my trip, I departed Albuquerque and headed toward Flagstaff, Arizona.

My first stop was at the El Morrow National Monument.

     
     
A closer view of El Morro after entering the park.

 

 

Travelers came from miles around to rest at El Morro because it had the only source of water for miles around.  While camping nearby, travelers scratched their names into the mesa.

This picture shows the water hole in the distance.

 

 

The water hole at El Morro is about 20 feet deep and always has water.

 

 

On the side of the mesa, travelers carved their names, stories, poems and pictures into the rock.
     
     
Most are inscribed by hand with a sharp object.

     
     
 

     
     
There are some name stamps that look professionally engraved.
     
     
Some carvings date back as far as 1706.

The carving the right is dated 1709.

     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
 

     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
 

     
     
 

     
     
I just finished walking the Inscription Trail and now I was ready to see the Atsinna Pueblo ruins.

     
     
It was a beautiful hike to get to the ruins.

     
     
 

     
     
Plenty of stairs were provided to traverse the steep sections of the climb.

     
     
 

     
     
 

     
     
 

     
     
 

     
     
The Ansinna Pueblo ruins.

     
     
 

     
     
 

     
     
The pueblo may have consisted of over 800 rooms.  Only a small portion has been excavated.

     
     
 

     
     
 

     
     
The ruins were occupied from 1275 to 1400 A.D.
     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
The hike continues for about another mile and a half, but I am ready to turn back.
     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
Next I traveled to see the Painted Desert and The Petrified Forest National Park.

This is a view of the Painted Desert.

     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
The Painted Desert Inn, a national historic landmark, opened as an inn in 1924.

Reopened on July 4, 1940 as the present structure.

     
     
Visitors could eat meals in the lunchroom, purchase American Indian arts and crafts and enjoy a cool drink in the downstairs taproom.
     
     
Six small rooms were available for two to four dollars a night.

It was earlier referred to as the "Stone Tree House" due to the petrified wood in some of its masonry walls.

     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
For more information on the Painted Desert Inn, Painted Desert or Petrified Forest National Park, visit http://www.nps.gov/pefo/.

 

     
     
Newspaper Rock
     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
Jasper Forest used to be full of trees in pre-historic times.  Later with time and water, the trees became petrified.  Now one can see scattered pieces of petrified logs on the site of the old forest.
     
     
 
     
     
Further down the road, large petrified tees can be seen closeup.
     
     
These trees must be heavy since they are completely stone.
     
     
The texture appears like wood, but they feel hard to the touch like rock.
     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
Closeup
     
     
 

     
     
 
     
     
On my next stop on my trip towards Flagstaff, Arizona, I stopped by Meteor Crater.

A really big hole in the ground.

     
     
 
     
     
The center of the crater floor.

There is a fence with a white poster cutout that represents a 6' tall man.  A camera with a powerful zoom is needed. 

The crater is huge.

 
     
     
 
     
     
The area around Meteor Crater is fairly flat with a few mesas in the background.
     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
 
     
     
Here is a view of Meteor Crater on the map and on satellite photos.

The big hole is located 35 miles east of Flagstaff and 20 miles west of Winslow on I-40 exit 233.

     
     
 

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  El Morro National Monument  
  Petrified Forest National Park in the Painted Desert  
  Meteor Crater, Arizona  
     
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