Grand Canyon April 2008

In April 2008 we took a road trip to the Grand Canyon with Richard's Mum. We visited Carlsbad Caverns, rode on the Silverton narrow gauge Railroad in Colorado, stood on the Four Corners marker, went through the Petrified Forest National Park, visited the new Skybridge which extends out over the Grand Canyon and finally stayed in the Grand Canyon National Park itself. You can follow the route and where we stayed or just look at the pictures.

Day 1 Friday 11 Apr 08 Katy to Pecos
Route: IH 10 Katy-San Antonio-Junction-Ft Stockton, US 285N Ft Stockton-Pecos TX.
Hotel: Quality Inn Pecos
Mileage: 541 For trip: 541.

Day 2 Saturday 12 Apr 08 Pecos-Carlsbad Caverns-Santa Fe.
Route: US285N Pecos to Malaga, SH396 Malaga to Whites City, US180S Whites City to Carlsbad Caverns.
Visit Carlsbad Caverns - arr 0830h walked Natural Entrance then Big Room. Left for Santa Fe approx 1500h.
Route: US180N Caverns to Carlsbad, US285N Carlsbad-Roswell-Santa Fe.
Hotel: Hilton Santa Fe.
Mileage: 408 For trip: 949.

Day 3 Sunday 13 Apr 08 Santa Fe NM to Durango CO.
Shopping in Santa Fe.
Left for Durango CO 1145h.
Route: US285N Durango to Pojoaque, SH 502/4 Pojoaque - Los Alamos - San Ysidro, US550N San Ysidro - Bloomfield - Aztec - Durango CO.
Hotel: Holiday Inn.
Mileage: 263 For trip: 1,212.

Day 4 Monday 14 Apr 08 Durango CO to Gallup NM.
Ride on Durango & Silverton narrow gauge railway train left from Durango 1000h to Cascade Canyon and return at 1500h. Left Durango at 1515h to Gallup, NM via Four Corners.
Route: US550S Durango to Aztec, SH516W Aztec to Farmington, US64W Farmington - Shiprock, US64W/SH41N Shiprock - Four Corners.
Visit Four Corners Monument. Left for Gallup NM.
Route: SH41S/US64E Four Corners - Shiprock, US491 Shiprock - Gallup.
Hotel: Best Western.
Mileage: 251 For trip: 1,463.

Day 5 Tuesday 15 Apr 08 Gallup NM to Kingman AZ.
Gallup to Petrified Forest then via Holbrook to Flagstaff to Kingman AZ.
Route: IH40W Gallup to Petrified Forest National Park North entrance. Visit Petrified Forest National Park. Windy. Left via South entrance.
Route: US180N to Holbrook, IH40W Holbrook - Flagstaff - Kingman AZ.
Hotel: Best Western.
Mileage: 357 For trip: 1,820.

Day 6 Wednesday 16 Apr 08, Kingman AZ to Grand Canyon AZ.
Kingman AZ to Grand Canyon West. Bfast at 0600; Leave 0640; Arr 0830
Route: From Kingman north on Stockton Hill Road, Pierce Ferry Road, Diamond Bar Road (including 14 miles unpaved) Grand Canyon West. Visit Grand Canyon West Skywalk - Guano Point. Left 1030 to Grand Canyon, South Rim via Kingman
Route: Grand Canyon West - Diamond Bar Road, Pierce Ferry Road, Stockton Hill Road to Kingman, IH40E Kingman to Williams, SH64N Williams to Grand Canyon NP.
Hotel: El Tovar
Mileage:318 For trip: 2,138.

Day 7 Thursday 17 Apr 08 Grand Canyon National Park.
At Grand Canyon National Park. Shuttle bus to Hopi Point; Shuttle to Kaibob Trail.
Hotel: El Tovar
Mileage: 0 For trip: 2,138.

Day 8 Friday 18 Apr 08 Grand Canyon NP to Willcox AZ.
Left Grand Canyon NP via Desert View (visit tower)
Route: SH64E Grand Canyon to Cameron, US89S Cameron to Flagstaff, IH17S Flagstaff to Phoenix, IH10E Phoenix to Tucson
Visit Saguaro National Park (East).
Route: IH10E Tucson to Willcox, AZ.
Hotel: Best Western.
Mileage: 478 For trip: 2,616.

Day 9 Saturday 19 Apr 08. Willcox AZ to Ft Stockton TX.
Route: IH10E Willcox AZ - Las Cruces NM - El Paso TX - Ft.Stockton TX.
Hotel: Best Western
Mileage: 478 For trip: 3,094.

Day 10 Sunday 20 Apr 08. Ft.Stockton TX to Katy TX
Route:IH10E Ft Stockton,TX-San Antonio-Katy
Mileage: 489 For trip: 3,583.

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