Day 26. We did a lot so lets get right into it. We woke up from our hotel just outside the Grand Canyon. We wandered off to get breakfast at 7am. We were showered and packed by 8am to hit the road.
Our drive today consisted of us heading northeast towards Denver. In total it would be around 500 miles. The first stop on the list was the Four Corners Monument, because who doesn’t want to stand, (or lay) in four different states at once?!
The entire thing is run by the Navajo tribe, with help from the federal government, because yeah. It can kind of sneak up on you as there aren’t any towns within 20 miles of it.
We arrived around 2pm, 3pm? We had a time zone change so I’m not sure, ok technically the time zone didn’t change, we just left Arizona which doesn’t observe daylight savings, weirdos. The monument itself is very nice. It was more crowded than I thought it would be. We waited maybe 15 minutes in a line so we could stand on the only point that does in fact put you into four different states. I decided to lay in four different states as well.
We also had a Navajo taco on frybread, and it was delicious. Onwards. We left the Four Corners and headed to Mesa Verde National Park to see some ancient ruins, we got there later than expected so our time was cut short, but it was still a site to behold.
Once we had dinner and saw what we needed to see we left the park to Gunnison, Colorado where we would stay for the night before heading to Denver. I thought it was about a three and a half hour drive, turned out to be closer to five….so we got in VERY late, like 11pm late.
But, we did manage to drive on route 550, aka one of the most scenic drives in the country, and I’m sorry to report I don’t have a good picture to show you but if you google “million dollar highway” you’ll see what I’m talking about. It was something else.
This was definitely our latest day of driving, we actually haven’t really driven at night at all this trip. But, we made it to the hotel, checked in, and went to sleep. Next stop is Denver before heading south again to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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