Proposed things to see in the USA Southwest
Click on the circles for particulars, or scroll past the map and browse.
Please forgive me for using the Rand McNally maps to piece together the above montage.
If it makes any difference to them, we did gladly get the huge, 200 page, Rand McNally -
Classic World Atlas book.
- Odessa Meteor Crater
texasbob.com/travel/tbt_odscrt.html is definitely a minor attraction,
but we went there!
- Monahans Sandhills
an amazing site for Texas. We danced on the dunes, so high.. We were
only used to the dunes of Padre Island, TX. These dunes prepared us
for similar ones at Florence, OR.
- Balmorhea State Park
tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/balmorhea beats the heck out of Fort Stockton
as a place to spend the night.
- Guadalupe Mtns National Park and Carlsbad Caverns
guadalupe.mountains.national-park.com's McKittrick Canyon is one of
many features (including high winds!).
nps.gov/cave/ for Carlsbad Caverns
which is just a short trip away from Guadalupe Mountains. Bring your own
flash light and go for the "raw deal" of sliding through a cave. It did
feel about like the spelunking I did back in the late 1960s in central
- Franklin Mtns and Hueco State Park
tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/franklin-mountains The Franklin
mountains are a nice ride up and over to Hueco Tanks. Nice vistas denied
those who stay down on Interstate 10.
tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/hueco-tanks is fun to climb on with many
micro-environments, indian wall paintings, and wonderful views that
appear of the horizon as you come around corners.
- Santa Fe, NM
- Taos, NM
- Durango - Silverton Narrow gauge railroad
I have ridden on the
Durango Train two times; once at age 8 or so and again with Carol
and our 7 year old son. The experience is vivid in my mind from both
- Mesa Verde National Park
Rand McNally local map
- 4 Corners: Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah
Rand McNally local map. Back in 1981 we were moving back to Texas
from Eugene, OR moving our "family" in a Subaru FF1. We stopped here
and forced our cat to put one leg in each state. I've got a photo somewhere.
- Petrified Forest National Park
petrified.forest.national-park.com where you can look over a ledge
and your eyes lie to you about everything! The distance, the rocks,
- Hopi Indian Reservation
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hopi_Reservation. John Wagner, my cousin,
painted many pictures involving many aspects of the Hopi. Back in
the 1970s books about these people were best sellers.
- Grand Canyon National Park
I could not find anything about the guided stroll after dark. It happened,
so I know it is done, but I cannot promise that. Not all people are put
off by crowds. Young people often consider it invigorating. The **south**
side of the Grand Canyon has crowds AND surely things to do AND you don't
have drive a signicant "extra" distance to reach it. The extrangance of
the North Rim can truly be left for people (like Carol and I) who visited
the South side as children and on a trip to California in the early 1970s
BEFORE we chose to do the north side on the way back via Utah in 1981.
Believe me when I say that the South side was chosen first on purpose. The
canyon is vast and breath-taking no matter where you view it from.
- Zion National Park
nps.gov/zion. What can I add? It
needs no help from us.
- Las Vegas, NV
Not our kind of place, I am afraid. Certainly, it is the U.S.A.
- Phoenix, AZ
Like low humidity? This is the place. Like dry heat. This is the place.
- Tucson, AZ
The Desert Museum - an exceptional regional outdoor place