Zion

We watched over 30 vehicles get towed at Zion. They’re serious about parking! But, parking aside Zion is one of our favorite hiking places, the views are incredible, the waterfalls are tall, and the canyons are more accessible than the Grand Canyon. Oh, and don’t forget the crazy long tunnel on the way into the canyon!

Check out our latest VLOG as we explore Zion Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and are pleasantly surprised by the unique geological formations at Cathedral Gorge.

Boondocking at the Grand Canyon

We took our RV to the Grand Canyon and camped for free! This was our first time visiting and the views are overwhelming. We spend a few days exploring the Bright Angel Trail (we didn’t hike all the way down), checking out the great views, enjoying the ice cream, and a surprise stop at the end yielded the best views yet.

Join us for VLOG number 34 at the Grand Canyon as we Go Create Every Day!

Free RV Camping at Petrified Forest

The Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, and magnificent mineral deposits make this part of Arizona a rare treat. We found free RV dry camping on the south side of the park at the Crystal Forest Museum that gave us easy access to the park and didn’t cost a penny.

Walking among ancient trees from the dinosaur times is a unique experience. To imagine the ancient swamps, rivers, and colossal dinosaurs shared space with these trees is so fun. Now days it’s all desert, dry and hot desert, but the sweeping vistas and flowing colors is well worth the drive.

Chaco Canyon

We knew it would be a long drive but we couldn’t pass up the chance to see the ancient ruins of the Native American Chaco people in New Mexico. And boy was it worth the drive! These massive “houses” date back to around 800AD, that’s when the Aztecs were building their pyramids, the Easter Island carvings were being made, and some of the great European citadels were being built.

This is also one of the few sites like this where you’re allowed to wander around freely throughout the structures giving you a chance to explore the vast interconnecting rooms at your own pace. Before you head out to the ruins be sure to stop at the excellent visitor center and learn about the people and their culture and the significance of some of the ruins as there aren’t any interpretive signs at the site itself.

There is a National Park campground just down the road from the ruins, but we didn’t even try to camp with our twenty nine foot travel trailer as it is a first-come-first-serve campground. We instead just made a day trip out of it.

Albuquerque Biopark & Rattlesnake Museum

If you’re visiting the Albuquerque Biopark, with it’s Zoo, Aquarium, and Botanical Gardens, don’t make the same mistake we did and give yourself at least two days to explore it all, you won’t regret it. We had a grand time exploring everything and the price for the entire Biopark is super reasonable. Oh and did I mention, Rattlesnakes!!! Lots of them at the Albuquerque Rattlesnake Museum. But, don’t worry, we all make it alive on this one.

Tent Rocks National Monument

It takes a lot to get us up this early, but we’re so glad we did. The slot canyon, hoodoos, and panoramic views at Tent Rocks made this our favorite hike! The wide open skies of New Mexico really are enchanting. Despite no visitor center or fancy programs here, it’s still pretty crowded. We had a tour bus pull up and hike the trail just after us, and we were there early! Oh, and did I mention, the trees smell great!

Climbing Bandelier

Climbing 140 feet of wooden ladders with four kids at Bandalier National Park was quite an adventure, but so worth with. The ancient dwellings of the native people here were incredible to check out and learn about. Oh, and we ran, a lot! Trying to make it back to the visitor center before they closed to get the kid’s junior ranger badges. We camped at our first Army Corps of Engineers campground and really enjoyed it. Plus, we were able to attend the annual corn festival at San Felipe Pueblo and witness beautiful and powerful traditions of the native peoples in New Mexico.

 

Santa Fe

In this episode we parked our RV just outside Santa Fe, New Mexico and took the opportunity to dress up a little and explore one of the oldest and most beautiful capital cities in the country. This whole region is filled with lovely adobe architecture and the capital is no exception. Join us as we find the oldest church in the country, the magnificent Cathedral Basilica, vibrant colors, and good food.

Carlsbad Caverns

Hiking into the natural entrance to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico is an awe inspiring adventure, something everyone must experience. Words cannot describe the magnificence and beauty of this subterranean world, it’s like stepping onto another planet! Join us in this video as we bypass the broken elevators and explore that underground world and then take a day off from exploring to relax and be creative at our campsite in our RV.

Carlsbad Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

The Living Desert Zoo State Park in Carlsbad New Mexico is probably our favorite zoo ever. Most zoo’s tend to focus on animals from around the world making them all very similar, at the Living Desert it’s all about New Mexico’s native animals and plants. We also did some high altitude camping in the town of Cloudcroft, which meant we had to pull Shelbert (that’s our travel trailers name) up some steep inclines, but the wilderness campground with it’s evergreen trees and fresh mountain air was beautiful. We camped at Lake Brantley and actually really loved it, especially all the cotton tails and jack rabbits!