"Where have you been?"
Twin Arrows Trading Post
5P6C+C8 Angell, Arizona
Twin Arrows Trading Post a Route 66 roadside attraction was built in the late 1940's and was abandoned in 1995. It consists of giant yellow wooden twin arrows, an abandoned gift shop and Valentine’s diner, some gas pumps, and big tanks in the back still remain. The building and various structures are deteriorating, this Icon has certainly seen better days. From what I understand the land is owned by the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino, that appears have yet to cleanup the area. Now abandoned buildings and structures have become a canvas for graffiti artists. Lots of interesting and creative graffiti to explore.
Ruby Ghost Town
Santa Cruz County
Ruby, AZ 85621
Just a day trip away from Tucson & 4 miles shy of the border of Mexico is a rare opportunity to look back at over a century of Arizona's mining history. From a once-thriving community of 1,200 people to a modern-day ghost town. Ruby has access to over 350 acres of trails, two lakes, and incredible biodiversity.
Ghost Town, Exploring, Fishing, Camping
Alamo Lake Wildlife Area
La Paz County
69430 Wickenburg Road, Wenden, AZ 85357
We spend several nights here on the edge of the lake. Enjoyed listening to the water and the birds while siting by the fire. Really great spot for camping. Nice and secluded beaches and peninsulas with beautiful views of the lake and surrounding mountains. A lot of fishermen in boats trolling, lake is well known for bass fishing. Looking forward to return with our kayaks. While in the area we visited the Alamo Dam and made a stop for ice-cream at the ranger store at the Alamo State Park. On our drive there we saw wild burros.
River, Fishing, Exploring, Recreation, Hiking, Lake, Desert, Camping
Walnut Canyon National Monument
3 Walnut Canyon Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Walnut Canyon National Monument preserves some of the Southwest’s earliest history, these incredible ruins are shockingly intact and preserved by the park service for anyone to enjoy. There are 25 cliff dwelling rooms constructed by the Sinagua, a pre-Columbian cultural group that lived in Walnut Canyon from about 1100 to 1250 CE.
Historical Landmark, Exploring, Ancient Ruins
2 Guns, Winslow, AZ 86047
What remains of Two Guns are the ruins of the original stone houses, the Apache Death Cave, the ruins of the buildings built in the final attempt to revive the town and the Canyon Diablo Bridge which was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 30, 1988
Abandoned, Historical Landmark, Exploring
Colossal Cave Mountain Park
16721 East Old Spanish Trail, Vail, AZ 85641
Colossal Cave Mountain Park has cave tours, hiking & biking, trail rides, camping & picnicking, terrace Café & gift shop. The campsites are tucked among the saguaro cacti and mesquite trees in Posta Quemada canyon. These grounds consist of two large areas, El Bosquecito and La Selvilla, both have water and restrooms. Additionally there are a number of smaller areas totaling 30 individual sites. Camping is first-come, first-served. This is primitive camping. No electricity or RV hook-ups available. are located in El Bosquecito and La Selvilla.
Cave, Exploring, Camping
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
San Juan County
1808 Road 7950, Nageezi, NM 87037
This Chaco Canyon Valley, high-desert landscape has long winters, short growing seasons, and marginal rainfall. Yet, it became the center of a thriving culture a thousand years ago. It was an unlikely place for a major center of ancestral Puebloan culture to take root and flourish. The grand scale of its architecture is monumental, making it a center hub for far-reaching commerce with complex community life and high levels of social organization, creating a cultural vision unlike any other seen before or since. That began in the mid 800s and lasted more than 300 years. Their descendants are the modern Southwest Indians. Many Southwest Indian people look upon Chaco as an important stop along their clans' sacred migration paths-a spiritual place to be honored and respected.
Ancient Ruins, Hiking, Historical Landmark, Camping
Topaz Internment Camp & Museum
11000 W 4500 N Rd, Delta, UT 84624
From 1942 to 1945, during WII, 120,000 men, women, and children, Americans with Japanese ancestry were removed from their homes and interned into ten remote camps throughout the American West. The government and the US Army, falsely citing “military necessity”. None of the people of Japanese ancestry were ever convicted or even charged with sabotage or espionage, yet were confined, some up to four years, in camps surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards. Topaz Camp, located near Delta, Utah, held around 8,000 of these individuals. This is one of the worst violations of civil rights against citizens in the history of the United States.