-While packing for the trip, I realized my son only owned 2 pair of underwear-horrifying.
Waputki- (1-2 hours) Very cool old Native American ruins.
Besides the views, my favorite thing was getting to see Condors and listening to the Ranger talk about them. Did you know that at one time there were only 16 Condors in the world?!?! Now there are a little over 300.
You can actually stay overnight in the park. In addition to RV and camping, there are several other "lodges". I wish we could have stayed at ones along the rim, but we didn't reserve a room early enough. http://www.grandcanyonlodges.com/?gclid=CInBic_rsKoCFQHf4AodHCBV9A
The Wigam Motel-Wigwam hotels started in the 1930's and there used to be lots of these places all over the country. I think this inspired the "Crazy Cones" motel in the movie Cars. The parking lot is also full of lots of classic cars, which were fun to walk around and look at. Our family of five shared the 2 double beds of a Wigwam to "enjoy" a night of route 66 nostalgia. Not the most comfortable night's sleep, but the most memorable of all the hotels we stayed in and we're glad that we did it.
Roswell-The truth is out there?
Carlsbad Caverns-Our last stop of the trip. You can take the elevator, but we walked the very steep mile down, walked the 1 1/2 mile loop and then took the elevator back up. The cave is HUGE, but still has lots of gorgeous formations.
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