A March 2005 trip
to Flagstaff by MilwVon
Quote: Having recently purchased our timeshare at Fairfield Flagstaff, we were anxiously looking forward to this vacation. While it wasn't quite springtime yet, we really had a wonderful time!
We took a tour with American Dream Tours of Flagstaff. They picked us up at the Fairfield Resort at 9am and had us back after a full day at around 6:30pm. Look them up at www.AmericanDreamTours.com--$85 per person is a real bargain when you consider that the price includes park admission, lunch, and plenty of beverages.
Our tour guide (Drew) took us to several spots along the south rim, including one "secret" place that is off the beaten path and away from the usual tourist overlooks. Not only did we see the Grand Canyon, but we also stopped at a Hopi Reservation along the Little Colorado River Canyon, just outside the National Park.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 29, 2005
American Dream Tours - The Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon, AZ
Attraction | "Day Trip to the Petrified Forest"
The Petrified Forest and Painted Desert are connected by a 26-mile loop road. As you drive through the park and see all of the logs and tree fragments scattered over the landscape, it is nearly impossible to imagine the area millions of years ago.
There are several overlooks and walks that provide you with opportunities to see and even touch the petrified wood. REMINDER: TOUCH--DO NOT TAKE! It is a federal offense to take samples. If you are interested in owning a piece of petrified wood, we suggest you stop at Jim Grays' Petrified Wood Shop located on the west end of the park in the town of Holbrook, AZ. They are open one hour past the closing time of the park, so take your time and enjoy!
We especially enjoyed the Giant Logs Trail and the Crystal Forest trails. Both are easy leisurely walks of less than 30 minutes.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 29, 2005
Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona 86028
We traveled up into a housing development on the south side of town. There, among the $250,000 homes, was a small pack of javelinas (essentially wild pigs - see photo below). They were rooting through trash cans in the neighborhood, looking for food no doubt.
We wish we had had more time to really look around the area. We did see a tour company (Pink Jeep Tours) that offered desert tours.
If you enjoy shopping, there appeared to be plenty of opportunities to flex your VISA card. We stopped into the Sedona Photo Express to buy film. They were very helpful and sincerely nice.