Fulltime RV’ers Next Stop: Winslow Arizona & The Navajo Reservation

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Our latest traveling adventure landed us on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona for 2 months.

Our time here has been enjoyable and of course, all our travels are adventurous! This area is not totally new territory to us which makes it easy to find the cool spots. The only cons to the stay was the wind and the drive it takes to get any shopping done. To do the weekly shopping requires a drive to Winslow or Flagstaff, but this issue opens the day for more adventure. The wind blows quite frequently here and quite hard, sometimes up to 70 miles an hour creating major dust, sore eyes and difficulty seeing any distance. Not to mention quite a few wild hair days!

During our stay, my husband insisted on showing me a crack in the ground. Yes, I thought it was a joke too. Especially when he explained that it was just a few miles away and we simply had to pull off the side of the road to see it. My husband has been teasing me since I was 5 years old, I seriously thought this was a joke on me!

When we arrived, I could see a fence line protecting cattle or someone from simply walking and stepping in the “crack”. After arriving, I found this simple scene to be amazing. It was as if an earthquake happened only in this small spot causing an estimated 800 – 900 feet crack. Based on a quick internet search, no one really knows for sure how this has formed but apparently Arizona and New Mexico do experience these cracks occasionally. Growing up in Arizona, this is news to me. But I certainly found our quick visit interesting.

Luepp Az - Unknown crack in the ground 4

Luepp Az - Unknown crack in the ground 3

Luepp Az - Unknown Crack in ground 2

Luepp Az - Unknown crack in the ground manmade label

Luepp Az - Unknown crack in the ground looking east

Before leaving, we dropped a few rocks in the spectacle to get an idea of the depth.

After that stop, we journeyed up the desert highway to the 180 feet water fall in the Little Colorado River called Grand Falls. Water only runs through this area of the Little Colorado River about twice a year. I found this quite an experience, since the riverbed was dry we got to walk through the riverbed and stand at the top of the water fall. Have you ever wondered what it looks like under all the water of a waterfall? These pictures will show some of those answers along with the history and the results of volcanic action of the Flagstaff area.

Little Colorado River approaching Grand Falls
The Falls are ahead, beware of the 180 foot fall you cannot see from here.
Little Colorado River approaching Grand Falls 1
Tye is having a blast!
Grand Falls dry
The biggest fall at Grand Falls today!
Grand Falls - West side of falls looking North
A view from the Southwest corner
Grand Falls - West side looking East
The dry Fall
Grand Falls - top of the falls looking west to San Francisco Peaks
The view from the top of the Falls looking across the Fall onto San Francisco Peaks
Grand Falls - Pools under the falls
Pools approximately 6 feet deep in the riverbed
Grand Falls - looking down and south from top of falls
Looking down!
Grand Falls - Looking down and north from top of falls
Another view from the top!
Grand Falls - East side looking West
Approaching the Fall!
Grand Falls - Above looking down facing the north
A grand view from the side of the very top!

Below is information on the volcanic activity in the Flagstaff area and the Navajo Nations boundaries.

Grand Falls info
Navajo Nation info
Grand Falls Volcanic Fields
Mt Elden is mislabeled on this map. Flagstaff sits in front of Mt Elden, not behind the Mountain.

Traveling consistently poses one major problem when trying to be a member of a local congregation. We are unable to commit to any long-term congregation but we do find a local Church when we relocate to a new area. Sometimes, we are in one location for a week and sometimes as long as 3 months so we may have a chance to build relationships and might only get to be a onetime visitor to a local church. Thankfully the Navajo Nation gave us a wonderful opportunity to attend the Dilkon Church of the Nazarene during our stay. The first time we walked in was on a Sunday morning and they were singing Amazing Grace in their native Navajo language. If I didn’t know the song so well, I wouldn’t have had an idea what the lyrics were, but it was extremely peaceful to hear the classic and powerful words being sung so peacefully and full of passion.

DilkonNAZ

We were greeted with great hospitality, enjoyed a meaningful sermon of truth that Sunday and were able to continue visiting throughout our stay, including their Wednesday night services.

One afternoon, we made a quick stop on our way to Winslow at the Little Painted Desert. Although we were staying on the eastside of the Painted Desert, I had no clue we were going to stumble upon this beautiful scene.

Little Painted Desert
Little Painted Desert
Little Painted Desert
Winslow Arizona, Little Painted Desert
Little Painted Desert - Winslow Arizona
Little Painted Desert

As we continued onto to Winslow I learned that the Hopi Indian Tribe has a small area in the midst of the Navajo Reservation. To my surprise, a bull seen us driving on the road to the ruins and I watched him watching us. He apparently wanted to welcome us to his territory. As we got closer to him, he walked directly in front of our moving vehicle, stopping us on the roadway. After a few moments, he allowed us to continue on our journey and we were able to move forward with our day. We experienced some Hopi history at the Homolovi State Park and had the opportunity to walk along ancient Hopi ruins.

A drive back to Winslow with a quick stop at Clear Creek Reservoir gave us a refreshing water view. Water flow begins in the Chevelon Canyon on the Mogollon Rim and continues into the Little Colorado River.

Clear Creek
Clear Creek

This particular day ended by Standing on the Corner in Winslow Arizona!

2 comments

  1. Wow! He wasn’t just “crack’n” jokes after all! That was one serious crack!
    Whoever stepped across almost gave me a heart attack!
    I am speechless for words on how stunning all of God’s artwork is!
    Thanks for sharing!

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