We are just back from a trip through the canyon country around Four Corners. Our first stop was Montrose, Colorado, gateway to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. We spent the first day hiking and sightseeing on the South Rim. On the second day, we drove up and around the canyon to the more remote and less visited north rim. We went back to the south rim on the third day, hiking the Mark Warner trail with amazing views of the Uncompaghre Valley as well as the canyon.

We drove through the Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction, stopping to hike and look, as we travelled to Torrey, Utah, gateway to Capitol Reef National Park. On our first day at Capitol Reef, we drove the Scenic Drive to its end at the Capitol Gorge trailhead where we hiked. The next day we hiked the trail to Hickman Natural Bridge. While in Torrey, we stayed at the Broken Spur Inn, which had some quirky furnishings that I had to photograph.

Next stop was Flagstaff, Arizona. Using Flagstaff as a base, we spent a day at the Grand Canyon, walking along the rim, until the weather turned foul and drove us to seek warmth. We spent the next day hiking in Sedona. Leaving Flagstaff, we went back north and hiked out to see (at a distance) the amazingly preserved cliff dwelling at the Navajo National Monument.

We finished our trip in Albuquerque visiting an old friend and eating good New Mexican cooking. While there I got to see and learn about a 1944 steam locomotive being restored. The train buff/mechanics have been working on this engine for seventeen years and expect to fire it up in another year and a half.

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