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
Try to depart at about 4am?
14400 Highway Z, St. Robert, MO, US
Stop Idea - Fudge Factory - seems kinda like Wall Drug (only smaller), 4 Star Rating on TripAdvisor
Visitor's Center 9-5; JR Ranger program.
767 Will Rogers Turnpike, Vinita, OK, US
I think this is probably the better lunch stop. I think the kids will find it cool. You eat on top of the interstate
21300 Hwy 28A, Foyil, OK, US
7 hr 40 min ETA 12:30pm (includes 50 min of stops) Get out and stretch. Ooh, aah. Back on road by 12:45
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.
660 W Highway 66, Arcadia, OK, US
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
6800 I-40 West, Amarillo, TX, US
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.
35 Rover Blvd, Suite G, White Rock, NM, US
Shuttle to Bandelier leaves from here.
15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM, US
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
900 Medical Arts Ave, Albuquerque, NM, US
7/28 Arrive around 8-9 that evening. Leave 7:00-7:30 next morning head for El Malpais
1900 E. Santa Fe Ave., Grants, NM, US
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
El Malpais National Monument, Grants, NM, US
Nm 53, San Fidel, NM, US
This is part of El Malpais. Recommended by coworker
Mile Marker 44.6 Hwy 53, Ramah, NM, US
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
1 Park Road, AZ, US
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
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ, US