Sunday 27th March, 2011
Day 11

Canyon de Chelly, Arizona
Canyon de Chelly, AZ
Miles: 78914
N 36.15026°
W 109.54004°

Our route this morning took us through the town of Ouray and on through Red Mountain and Molas Divide passes to Silverton and Durango. We knew from previous visits that this was a spectacular drive and we were not disappointed. Though we were a bit surprised, at our selves, when we realized (and observed) that Red mountain was still winter white (not red) because of the snow.

The town of Silverton was quiet with few tourists visible and not much action in the main (and only) street.

From Durango we turned west to towards Mesa Verde and the town of Cortez. By this time the countryside had changed dramatically from mountains and snow to south west desert and its huge sandstone structures. By the time we passed into Arizona at Teec Nos Pos the transition from alpine to desert was complete.

We paralleled the Eastern border of Arizona for some miles (along 191) into Navajo territory and Canyon De Chelly National Monument.


Canyon de Chilly National Monument campground, nice desert campground. The campground was open but the toilets were closed. I don't know what tenters were supposed to do??