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Southwest Tour

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Created by dockeryfamily - January 22nd 2018

Summer vacation 2018 - head to the Southwest US and hit up as many National Parks/Monuments as we can, especially those with Junior Ranger Programs.

4815 Koester Road, Wadesville, Indiana, United States

Date: July 27, 2018

Try to depart at about 4am?

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283mi 04h 18m
Uranus Missouri
4.4

14400 Highway Z, St. Robert, MO, US

Uranus Missouri

1

Date: July 27, 2018

Stop Idea - Fudge Factory - seems kinda like Wall Drug (only smaller), 4 Star Rating on TripAdvisor

George Washington Carver National Monument
4.5

5646 Carver Road, Diamond, MO, US

George Washington Carver National Monument

Date: July 27, 2018

Visitor's Center 9-5; JR Ranger program.

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218mi 03h 10m
Worlds Largest McDonalds
2.5

767 Will Rogers Turnpike, Vinita, OK, US

Worlds Largest McDonalds

2

Date: July 27, 2018

I think this is probably the better lunch stop. I think the kids will find it cool. You eat on top of the interstate

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54mi 00h 52m
Worlds Largest Totem Pole
3.7

21300 Hwy 28A, Foyil, OK, US

Worlds Largest Totem Pole

3

Date: July 27, 2018

7 hr 40 min ETA 12:30pm (includes 50 min of stops) Get out and stretch. Ooh, aah. Back on road by 12:45

Blue Whale of Catoosa
4.1

2680 N Highway 66, Catoosa, OK, US

Blue Whale of Catoosa

Date: July 27, 2018

This would be a look and see thing. It apparently used to be a diving board/slide for the pond but you can't swim in the pond anymore. Not sure this is worth the stop but maybe.

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133mi 01h 58m
POPS Soda Ranch
3.9

660 W Highway 66, Arcadia, OK, US

POPS Soda Ranch

4

Date: July 27, 2018

40 min ETA 4:00pm (nonstop) Sodas - there is also restaurant but we probably won't be hungry. On the road again by 5:00

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283mi 04h 06m
Red Roof Inn West Amarillo
4.3

6800 I-40 West, Amarillo, TX, US

Red Roof Inn West Amarillo

5

Date: July 27, 2018

4 hr 6 min ETA 9:00pm (plus any extra stops)

Leave hotel by 7am on Saturday. Head to Santa Fe to meet Schaffstein party and get lunch.

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305mi 04h 28m

35 Rover Blvd, Suite G, White Rock, NM, US

Visitor Center At White Rock

6

Date: July 28, 2018

Shuttle to Bandelier leaves from here.

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11mi 00h 21m
Bandelier National Monument
5.0

15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM, US

Bandelier National Monument

7

Date: July 28, 2018

Visitor's Center 9:00-5:00 Main Loop 1.2 miles (1 hour) Alcove House additional 1 mile loop on Main Loop (1 hour) Falls Trail 3 miles round trip (rugged) JR Ranger program/Visitors center JR Ranger booklet already printed

Owl Cafe
4.0

800 Eubank Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM, US

Owl Cafe

8
104mi 01h 50m

900 Medical Arts Ave, Albuquerque, NM, US

Howard Johnson Albuquerque Midtown

8

Date: July 28, 2018

7/28 Arrive around 8-9 that evening. Leave 7:00-7:30 next morning head for El Malpais

The Candy Lady
4.3

424 San Felipe NW, Albuquerque, NM, US

The Candy Lady

9
89mi 01h 22m

Date: July 29, 2018

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26mi 00h 29m
El Malpais National Monument
4.4

1900 E. Santa Fe Ave., Grants, NM, US

El Malpais National Monument

10

Date: July 29, 2018

Visitor's Center: 9:00-5:00 1 hr 11 min (77.2 miles) Arrive 8:45 Hike to La Ventana Arch Visitor's Center - Jr Ranger program Drive Hwy 53 toward El Morro, stop at El Calderon sites hike to Double Sinks or maybe Bat Cave

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19mi 00h 22m
El Calderon Trail
4.5

El Malpais National Monument, Grants, NM, US

El Calderon Trail

11

Date: July 29, 2018

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5mi 00h 08m
Land of Fire & Ice (Bandera Volcano & Ice Cave)
4.0
12

This is part of El Malpais. Recommended by coworker

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16mi 00h 21m
El Morro National Monument
4.5

Mile Marker 44.6 Hwy 53, Ramah, NM, US

El Morro National Monument

13

Date: July 29, 2018

Visitor's Center: 9:00-6:00 46 min (44.3 miles) Arrive 10:45 Visitor's Center - Jr Ranger Hike: Inscription Trail .5 mile loop to pool and inscriptions/petroglyphs Headland Trail 2 miles - include inscription trail, pueblo ruins, warnings of steep drop offs on trail Picnic lunch in park Leave by 12:45 drive to Petrified Forest

14
114mi 02h 00m
Petrified Forest National Park
4.5

1 Park Road, AZ, US

Petrified Forest National Park

14

Date: July 29, 2018

Visitor's Centers 8:00-5:00; Park Road 7:00-7:30 Arrive around 2 Stop at Painted Desert Visitor's Center for Jr Ranger Booklets Drive route through park - various pullouts Hike: Blue Mesa - 1 mile loop through painted desert Giant Logs .4 mile loop or Crystal Forest .75 mile loop Stop at Rainbow Forest Visitor's Center to swear in Jr Rangers Leave for Holbrook between 5-6

JR Ranger booklet already printed Also printed Jr Paleontologist booklet

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23mi 00h 33m
Rainbow Forest
4.5

Petrified Forest National Park, AZ, US

Rainbow Forest

15

Date: July 29, 2018