Joshua Tree National Park, California

Named for the region’s twisted, bristled trees, Joshua Tree National Park is a unique site in the Mojave Desert. From Sky Valley RV Resort in Hot Springs, CA, we drove north to access the park, closer to the Hidden Valley trailhead.

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Kelso Dunes: The Singing Dunes of California

When in the Mojave Desert, one must play in the sand—and what better place to do so than on the Kelso Dunes? Kelso Dunes, also known as the Kelso Dune Field, is the largest field of aeolian sand deposits in the Mojave Desert. Protected by the Mojave National Preserve, the dunes are located near the town of Baker, San Bernardino County, California.

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Beyond Sedona: Montezuma Castle, Tuzigoot, and Jerome, Arizona

Evidence of the Sinagua people (from Spanish “sin agua,” meaning “without water”) in the Sedona area dates as far back as 600 A.D. The tribes were involved in agriculture and developed trade routes which lead them to interact with the Hohokam people, who were skilled in irrigation systems. The Sinagua are believed to be related to the Aztec and/or Maya people and were experts in cotton weaving, red clay pottery, and jewelry. They kept dogs and parrots as pets, and wild turkeys as a food source. Throughout the centuries, their dwellings evolved from teepees to intricate adobe structures—some with up to thirty-five rooms, housing hundreds of people—a sign of change from a nomadic lifestyle to a more static one.

Today, there are several Sinaguan sites in the Sedona area: Honanki in the western canyons, Tuzigoot just outside Cottonwood, and Montezuma Castle and Well, located off I-17 in Rimrock and Camp Verde.

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Grand Canyon National Park

As we approached our next Arizona destination, the anticipation built up. The Grand Canyon is an experience like none other. We walked along the South Rim, trying to comprehend the enormity of the geological spectacle in front of us.

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Such a fine sight to see: Winslow, Arizona

“Just find a place to make your stand and take it easy.”—good advice from the Eagles. As we rolled down Route 66 and through the state of Arizona, we made the mandatory stop in Winslow. Two bonus things to visit were La Posada Hotel, a Spanish style architectural gem, and Meteor Crater site near Canyon Diablo.

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