We planned to take a leisurely drive back home after our trip to Flagstaff so that we could stop at some more National Parks and other sites along the way. It’s an absolutely beautiful part of our country and most of these stops were milestones for all of us.
Our first stop was the Petrified Forest National Park and Painted Desert. The boys primarily enjoyed the gift shop because it was the first time we had told them they could buy souvenirs and that was incredibly exciting! They went back and forth on what to purchase. Micah ended up with a pretend T-rex tooth and a prairie dog stuffed animal. Ethan picked a beautiful stone and an arrowhead. We also had lunch outside there.
Next, we went to Four Corners! There really isn’t much to see there, but we all had a wonderful time. We got out and ran a bit and took all the “necessary” pictures.
After Four Corners, we drove to Mesa Verde National Park (after stopping at Subway to get dinner to go). We got there just before sunset, so we didn’t get to see a whole lot of this park, but we will definitely go back! It was beautiful. This was one of my favorite dinner spots. =) We took some special pictures for my Grandpa because when I went on trips with our family when I was younger, I would always point out all of the Subways and try to get everyone to stop there for dinner. It was my favorite spot! See the throwback pic for proof. =)
We spent the night in Durango after Mesa Verde. The following morning we made more stops along the way. One such stop was brief so that Mike could do some work. The boys and I just walked around a bit and even got to see a trout hatchery until the rain started.
We stopped in Ouray for lunch. YUM! It was beautiful here, even in the rainy-ish weather.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park was up next. Unfortunately the weather was pretty wet throughout this day. It was absolutely stunning and, as usual, pictures don’t do it justice!
We ran into a big snowstorm that evening, so we ended up staying in Fairplay and finished the last hour and a half the following day. The boys were very glad to be home again, but this was an incredible trip!