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Visiting Northern Arizona

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Visiting Northern Arizona

My wife and I are going to come from Israel for theree weeks in mid March, to see the landscapes of Northern New Mexico and Northern Arizona . We intend to enter Arizona near Canyon de Chely, visit Coal Mine Canyon, Page, Supai, Sedona and fly back from Phoenix. We will appreciate answers for the following questions:

1. We are very interested in alternative architecture (cob houses, earthships, strawbale houses,hogans, teepees etc...), could you recommend us sites that we may visit, or even sleep in such structures?

2. Could you recommend us beautiful wild hot springs in Central and Northern Arizona ?

3. How can we get directions to the Blue Canyon and Ha Ho No Geh canyon?

4. What is the best way to explore the Monument Valley?

5. Should we visit the Lava River Cave, the Meteor Crater and the Grand Falls of the Colorado near Flagstaff (we will have 4WD car)?

6. Should we go to the Lower or Upper Antelope canyon?

Anat & Yossi Lerner

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1. Re: Visiting Northern Arizona

Supai is closed until further notice. Scrapping that will make your plan a little easier.

A guided Back Country tour is best at Monument Valley

Grand Falls could be running by the time you arrive, but April is usually better.

Upper Antelope canyon is the classic.

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2. Re: Visiting Northern Arizona

Hi

You can drive close to Shiprock but you are not permitted to go to the rock. Best views are from IR 13. This roads leads from 491 (formerly known us666) to Red Valley to Buffalo Pass over 8000' and not sure about conditions in march. It's steep and winding but all paved. From 13 at Lukachukai turn left on IR 12 to Tsaile and right on 64 to Chinle. There are some great view piont on CdC a bit off road. Massacre Cave, Mummy Cave and Antelope House Overlook. The last one requires a short an easy walk to the overlooks. This is the best place for the views imo. You can drive these roads without a permit.

Close to Chinle is Hope Arch on unpaved roads and you'll need a permit.

Please stop in Second Mesa and visit the small museum and shop. There's an adobe style built hotel.

For Coal Mine you'll need to drive app. 0.6 miles from 264 to get to it. Leave the road at milemarker 337 and drive to the small windmill. It's right beyond that mill. The road is unpaved but good.

For Blue Canyon. You also need a permit for that and they are dirtroads. Be very careful on those roads. We didnot dare driving them and definitely stay away when wet.

In Tuba City is a new hotel called Moenkopi. Looked nice.

Best way to explore MV is taking a tour as RedRox has said. We drove ourselves several times, last time 4 month ago and the road from the visitor center is very rough. We also had an awd SUV. We didnot have problems driving it (very slow) but also saw some cars with flat tires. From Ford's Point in MV the road is a lot better but you have to leave same way over the bad part of the road.

Best is to buy the AAA Indian Country Guide Map in NM (or in Chinle). Many details in it.

Tet

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3. Re: Visiting Northern Arizona

5. The Lava River Cave requires bringing multiple light sources for safety, very sturdy and well-fitting shoes with good traction and a sense of adventure. We did it partially with a group and are not sure we'd feel comfortable doing it on our own, in spite of the fact that we are experienced hikers and love caves (the developed kind like in National Parks). The Lava River Cave is completely undeveloped for all intents and purposes- pitch black inside and rough to walk on the large rocks on the floor.

Meteor Crater is interesting. It can be combined with other activities that day as it doesn't require more than a few hours.

Our one and only visit to Grand Falls was in late January or early February and the falls were flowing well then. It may have been warmer that year. Not sure how it usually is at this time.

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4. Re: Visiting Northern Arizona

You said you were interested in alternative architecture. The only one I know of is in Holbrook, Arizona and they have teepee shaped structures at

The Wigwam Motel.

http://www.galerie-kokopelli.com/wigwam/

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5. Re: Visiting Northern Arizona

In reply to question 1. I forgot to mention Arcosanti. There is an overnight guest program available. Not sure it's exactly what you're looking for, but their site is descriptive enough for you to figure that out before arrival:

http://www.arcosanti.org/

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