Overgrazed, AZ to visit with Minnie’s sister, before heading home.
Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Petrified Forest National Park, Concho, AZ.
Starting out the weather was a little cool for us but quickly warmed up. There was a chance of rain and we did ride close to some rain clouds but we didn’t get rained on.
The Canyon is on the Navajo reservation not far from Chinle, AZ. There are overlooks on the North Rim and on the South Rim. Because of time restraints we only did the three overlooks on the North Rim.
THINGS TO DO
WELCOME CENTER: Free. Pick up a park map at the Welcome Center which features a park store, orientation video and activity schedule. Visitor Center and parking lot gates open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
SCENIC DRIVES: Free. Drive the two paved rim drives to the overlooks which provide excellent views of the canyon below. Allow 2 hours to visit 3 overlooks on the North Rim Drive; best for morning photos. Allow 2 hours to visit 7 overlooks on the South Rim Drive; best for afternoon photos. Overlooks open year round.
SELF GUIDED HIKE: Free. Hike the one public trail starting at the White House Overlook on the South Rim. Allow 2 hours to hike 600 feet down and back up the switchback trail to the White House Ruin. Restrooms at overlook and bottom of trail. No pets allowed on trail.
RANGER LED PROGRAMS: Free. Enjoy a Ranger Program including hikes and talks from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Check at the Welcome Center for current activity schedule.
CANYON TOURS: Fees required. Contact a private company for a tour into the canyon by hiking, horseback or vehicle. Tours require a back country permit and hiring an authorized guide. No pets allowed on tours.
CAMPING: Fee required. Camp at the Cottonwood Campground with sites available first-come, first-serve. No showers or hookups. Call Navajo Parks and Recreation Department at 928-674-2106 for details.
SUGGESTIONS IF YOU HAVE
2 Hours – Visit all 7 overlooks on South Rim Drive OR all 3 overlooks on North Rim Drive.
1/2 Day – Visit all 10 overlooks on South and North Rim Drive OR Visit the South Rim Drive and hike White House Trail OR take a half day canyon tour.
1 Day – Visit all 10 overlooks on South and North Rim Drives PLUS hike White House Trail OR visit all 10 overlooks PLUS take a half day canyon tour OR join an all-day canyon tour.
2 Days – Visit all 10 overlooks on South and North Rim Drives, hike White House Trail AND join an all-day guided tour.
Pictures from overlook #1
Pictures from overlook #2
Pictures from overlook #3
We weren’t that interested in seeing this park as much as we wanted to make another stop, to see our son Steve, before stopping for the night.
Petrified Forest Pics
The first picture is a rain cloud we missed and the third picture is a picture of what followed us into the garage at Ella’s house.
Met my son Steve at The Sugar Shack, in Concho, AZ, for lunch and to visit with him for a while. Kristy, his wife, was down in the Valley with her daughter.
We had a nice visit before heading to our last stop before getting home.
We plan on staying with Ella and Larry until Sunday morning, when we will complete our 2018 Summer Ride.
Where We stopped for the Night
Ella and Larry’s cabin, Overgaard, AZ
Route and mileage
Today’s Miles 291, Trip Mileage Totals 17434, Daily Average 140