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    Must see list for a Southwest trip

    We are planning a trip, probably this autumn sometime to the southwest - Arizona, New Mexico, southern Utah, Texas, Oklahoma. We want to see the Grand Canyon, Brice and the other southern Utah canyons, the Albuquerque balloon festival. What other "must sees" would you add to this list? We will be pulling our camper and be gone for a couple months. We especially like natural areas, hiking, state and natural parks. Not as much interested in the cities.

    Also what and where are the most amazing quilt shops in these states?

    Thanks for your ideas!

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    I always enjoyed the Vermillion Cliffs and the northern side of the Grand Canyon more than the Southern side. Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, and hiking around the Anasazi ruins in Mesa Verdi. Dinosaur National Park in Colorardo, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Royal Gorge, Taos, New Mexico. I would make an exception of cities and see the natural history museum in Denver. I love red rock country and have visited all the parks in Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. Check out all the videos that you can and see what you are partial to. Tall mountains and forests and dry deserts and everything in between are available but 2 months is much too short a time to see very much, so you really need to do a lot of study before hand and pick out a route. Fortunately you won't have to stay on the interstates and can get off on state roads. Second Mesa on the Hopi reservation has a wonderful place to stay and will be a nice change of pace for you. Sedona can't be missed with its art colony and famous artists. One of the old extinct volcanos north of Flagstaff is interesting to hike on. Be sure and see Death Valley, especially the north end of it, the craters, Scotty's castle, etc. Have fun; take money.

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    Can't comment too much on your planned route as have not been there. Only word of advice I can offer is for the Abq balloon fiesta. Reserve your spot early! This is a really, really big event and I know hotels are sold out very, very early. Can only guess the rv spots are as well if you're looking to stay on/near fiesta park. We register as pilots so are usually guaranteed a hotel but the less expensive ones are gone quick! There are about 5 quilt shops in the Abq area that are absolutely awesome! Had a blast going to all of them while we were there last time. You'll definitely enjoy them. And have a great time.

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    Carlsbad Cavern in NM and be sure to stay for the evening show when the bats leave the cave; Mesilla area of Los Cruces, NM; San Xavier Mission in Tucson; Fort Huachuca museum; Quilt shops in Tucson are Quilt Basket on Tanque Verde; Quilter's Market on Speedway. If you want to private message me, I can give you more info as I live in AZ.

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    Bryce Canyon in Utah is awesome - if you travel to Sedona - the Church of the Holy Cross is there designed by Frank Lloyd Wright it is beautiful - it looks like it is part of the beautiful red rock formations that it is nestled in. Tlaquepaque is also in Sedona - a marketplace with many unique shops. There is a great quilt shop in Sedona...... If you are interested in riding a train through the Verde Canyon - you can do this in Cottonwood, Arizona. Of course the Hoover Dam on the border of Arizona/Nevada is wonderful to visit. There are so many great places to visit in the southwest - have a fantastic trip. Some of the best tips for local sights to see can be discovered by asking the local folks in the area that you are visiting.

    Safe travels to you,

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    Many of the good places have been mentioned but make sure you go to Jerome, AZ. It's an old mining town. The volcano area near Flagstaff is Sunset Crater National Monument - it's amazing and make sure you drive far enough in the park to see the Painted Desert. Also, Meteor Crater near Winslow is interesting.

    I know it's been mentioned but you must see Sedona - the red rocks are so impressive. It's one of my favorite places on earth.
    I'd rather be at the lake

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    I'm planning a trip there in the fall also, but we aren't going as far East as Albque'.
    I've been reading and planning and it looks like youve got lots of great input here...the one place that is a must see on our stop that has not been mentioned is on the East side of Grand Canyon is Lake Powell, you can park your RV just about anywhere along the lake and camp. Its really a must see according to my research.

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    Quilt and fabric shops, of course.

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    I certainly understand about the natural wonders. I was not nearly prepared for how impressive the Grand Canyon really is when you actually see it in person. Absolutely breathtaking!! You just don't get the sensation for how deep it is from pictures. But if you get out that far and don't drive to Las Vegas, you are really missing a part of Americana , too! Even just to drive ( or walk) down the strip and see the fountains at the Bellagio ( another site I could stand and watch all day!), Las Vegas is like a real life movie set. Death Valley and red rock are right near there, as well as several VERY nice quilt shops.

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    There is a Utah State Park between Bryce Canyon and the North Rim of the GC called Coral Sand Dunes State Park. It is about 12 miles off the main highway 89, but is well worth the detour. Back in 2002 my husband and I traveled three weeks out west and that is one of the stops I remember clearly. Off the beaten track, quiet, really different, beautiful and a nice place to stop for lunch (if you are carrying your own food).

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    Not as well know, but well worth the time...El Malpias Nat. Park near Grants, NM has lava caves, ice caves, bat caves, red rocks, stunning mountains and Native American culture. Find the visitors Centers for Ranger led hikes and information. Follow 40 from Albuquerque about 1 1/2 hours northwest. Then go on to Gallup and the old hotels where Western movies were filmed. Expect to meet wonderful foreign visitors and try out your college German, French etc.

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    If you come thru or close to Phoenix, you might want to see 3 Dudes Quilt Shop in Mesa and 35th Ave Sewing in Phoenix. They are 2 of the larger shops.
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    TanyaL had a lot of good suggestions. Texas has nothing to interest us, too much of the same, too big, too dull, (even the Alamo was overcommercial and underdone, but that was some years ago), but Arizona and New Mexico and Utah (and a dip up into Colorado for Mesa Verde) are all fantastic. Taos area has wonderful museums (a fantastic folk art museum) and they are all on the same hill. The towns in New Mexico on the main highway from Taos to Albuquerque are not cities, but towns that are proud of who they are and very interesting. Acra, the oldest continuous town in the U.S. (maybe) is worth going to see. Out of Tucson be sure to go through the Sonora Desert. Stop at San Javaier Mission (ancient church, full of the flavor of the area). If you go far sourth and west enough you can spend a day or so at the Organ Pipe National Monument but if you are pressed for time go to the outdoor museums in the Tucson area. Don't miss the aviary where local birds come to stay as well as the exotic birds in huge aviaries. Phoenix area is a huge retirement and snow bird area and its museums are deadly (the ones we went to anyway... the public ones); the only reason for going there is if you are into bicycling (best paths ever!) or if you golf (but you can do both almost anywhere in a town area of Arizona). The canyons of N. Arizona and Utah are awe inspiring beyong expectations. There are a couple of dinosaur parks in the areas. Get a AAA map of the areas because they highlight a lot of the good places, but they also highlight upper end places to stay and to eat. It would be worth it to buy a lonely planet guide book, or similar, as well as a good map of the 3 states (New Mexico, Arizona and Utah). You could route your trip and get a feel for how many days you might want to stay in each area. ENJOY!
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    Sounds like you've got a great trip planned. If you come through Flagstaff, be sure to stop at Odegaard's Sewing Center, a fantastic LQS here. From here you can go to either the south rim of the Grand Canyon, or the North Rim if it is not closed for the winter by the time you are here. Near Flagstaff you can also see Wapatki National Monument, Walnut Canyon National Monument, Meteor Crater off to the east, and let me think.. there are lots of fun things to do and see around here, so it depends on what you are interested in really.

    Hope you have a fabulous trip, and if you need any local Flagstaff info, just pm me.
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    We saw the Grand Canyon and loved the showing of it at the Imax theater near the canyon. It shows more of the area and some scenes taken from gliders that are breathtaking! I had to close my eyes sometimes. The canyon can not be explained but must be experienced. Pictures are best at daylight or dusk.

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    Antelope canyon is a slot canyon carved by water and the colors change as the sun progresses across the sky. You can go an a trip out of Page ,Arizona to see it. The photos are iconic and easily identified when you see them in the future. Well worth the trip.

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    Yes, if you drive from GC to Vegas, you go over the new bridge over the dam....& on the way see several walking bridges over the road...for the mountain goats,so they don't have to cone down & cross the hi-way

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    If you go to Carlsbad caverns make sure you have a camp site to leave your trailor at as the road up the hill (mountian) is winding and very steep, but well worth the trip!! Loved it even though they closed the cavern early as it started to snow with ice mixed in (it was January) and the road down the mountian was being closed, not a fun trip down that winding road and we were in a 4x4 SUV.
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    Thank you to all who have replied! You have given us some great advice and ideas!

    Keep them coming! Thanks!

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    Well, in AZ of course you have the Big Papa" Grand Canyon, Sedona is pretty and cool! I think two of my fave "Arizona'y" places are Talesin West (Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home). You can get a tour and I believe its still a working architecture school/business. It was very modern and up-and-coming in its day. My other favorite is the Sonoran Desert museum near Tucson. Its like a desert zoo and botanical garden all rolled into one. In the summer, you should get there AS IT OPENS. It gets very hot! Don't forget to drink water ...until ya gotta go! (sorry to be so graphic, but if you are not used to our heat and dry air, you WILL get dehydrated in a huge hurry)

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    If you want to go to Zion National Park travel on to St. George where we have many wonderful quilt stores, each unique. The frosting on the cake is this is the home of Superior Threads where you will feel like a kid in a candy shop! They also carry wonderful fabric. If you want names PM me.

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    Parks and Patchwork Quilt Shops in Southern Utah

    Cedar Breaks is interesting and can be especially beautiful in the fall. We make it a habit of going up to the area - including Cedar Mountain about the 1st week of October and if we don't have too hard of an early frost, the aspen trees are gorgeous. Cedar Breaks is like a smaller version of Bryce Canyon and the elevation is higher, so you get more of an alpine feel.

    Hope you enjoy your trip.
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