Day 967: Aztec Ruins NM and the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness

We’ve been at about 6,000 feet lately, and the nights get pretty cold.  At dawn, it’s typically in the high-20s outside and in the mid-30s inside the RV.  We definitely bundle up before getting in bed:

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Trish made another fantastic breakfast this morning:

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We drove north to visit Aztec Ruins National Monument:

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We enjoyed the exhibit space in the visitor center:

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Compared to Chaco Culture National Historical Park, which we visited a few days ago, Aztec Ruins was a bit disappointing, but it was still interesting. Like at Chaco, these ruins were built not by the Aztecs, but by the Ancestral Puebloan people.  Aztec Ruins was built between the 11th and 13th centuries:

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We were amazed to find original 11th century wooden roofs in these rooms:

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This excavated door, filled in during later construction, still has remnants of its 11th-century reed privacy screen:

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The pueblo here was built with accent lines using green stones:

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A satellite site to the main pueblo:

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Overlooking the main site:

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The kids completed their Junior Ranger workbooks and received their badges:

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We next drove west to drop off the RV at our overnight location in the Farmington Dunes OHV Area.  We picked this location so M can drive around his R/C car on the dunes:

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We drove the truck south to visit the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness:

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We hiked east into the Bisti Wilderness:

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Hoodoos were everywhere:

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The Bisti Wilderness is best known for it’s “broken egg” formations:

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We continued on:

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The tiny Bisti Arch:

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We drove back to the RV to overnight at the Farmington Dunes OHV Area.  See the trip map for today’s drive and our current location.

Day 966: Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah WSA – King of Wings
Day 968: Shiprock and Goosenecks

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