Saturday morning we were on our way by 9 am to the Flying J to refill our house propane tank. With the cold nights we have used more than usual with the furnace. Ray was going to fill up with DEF but as our tank is on the opposite side and he has to go through the truck fuel up side backwards .... it was way too busy there to even attempt. No panic yet so we will have to fill it up further down the road. Northern Arizona seems to have the most expense diesel prices ... last fuel up was $2.30/gal and the prices listed in Flagstaff were at $2.73! With only an hours drive to Walnut Canyon we expected a pretty short day. Unfortunately the BLM free camping area that I had ear marked for the night, near the entrance to the National Monument, was too rough for the coach so we decided to do the hike anyways and then carry on to Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood which was only 1 more hour down the road.
The Walnut Canyon National Monument has many, many cliff dwellings. A bunch of them you can get up close and personal to see. Spectacular views they must of had, although getting water would have been challenging, climbing down 200 feet every time you needed to fill your jugs.
There are 2 paved walks you can take, one around the rim of the canyon, or the Island Trail that takes you down into the canyon to be able to walk by some of the cliff dwelling. We opted to get up close and personal! The hike down was not too bad consisting of several sets of stairs totaling 240, but coming back up and being at 7000 feet elevation was somewhat of a challenge. Ray and I took it slow and easy but boy we were bushed by the time we got back to the top. The paved trail including the stairs is only a 1 mile walk, but felt like 5 by the time I reached the top. :) Great exercise.