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    The red cliffs of northern Arizona
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    Cameron Trading Post - nice stop before canyon

    by jumpingnorman Written Nov 2, 2008

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    When bringing friends to Grand Canyon, I start from the east entrance of the National Park's South Rim (as of 2008, car entrance $25 and for seniors, pass is only $10) going to the west side where the Grand Canyon Village is. We also always stop at the Cameron Trading Post which is located just north of the intersection of 89A and 64...the entrance to park is only 30 minutes from here (South Rim).

    Aside from the great souvenirs you can buy at this Native Indian-run place, the post has a restaurant which has very quick service for tourists wanting to load up with energy and eager to see the canyon views. Notice the handicraft, artworks on display and also the amazing silver ceiling of the dining room.

    In the past, Navajo and Hopi Indians bartered wool, blankets and livestock for flour, sugar, canned goods, and other stuff. This remote location of the Wild West later became open through roads, specially the 89A and the post's president is a direct descendant of the original founders. There is also a lodge if you want to sleep in this area which can be your "post" between the North and South Rims.

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    Montezuma Castle along I-17

    by jumpingnorman Written Nov 2, 2008

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    The Sinagua culture left the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. The 1000 year old mountain dwellings boasts of a 20 room high-rise apartment strategically carved into a towering limestone cliff. If you are going to the Grand Canyon from Phoenix, you will pass by this exit on 1-17N (or 1-17S if you are going to PHX from GC).

    Open Daily: 8 AM- 6 PM
    (June - August)
    Open Daily: 8 AM -5 PM
    (September - May)

    The entrance gate remains open during these hours seven days a week (closed on Christmas Day). Dogs are allowed on park trails but must remain on a leash no longer than six feet in length. Dog owners must pick up after their pets.

    Museum
    Includes exhibits and artifacts depicting the lifestyle, history and culture of the Sinaguan Indians who built Montezuma Castle. Book Store, restrooms, and picnic area. (928)567-3322



    There is also the Montezuma Well which is unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument, and located 11 miles from Montezuma Castle and is home to species of animals found nowhere else. You can wander the trails exploring pre-historic Sinaguan cliff dwellings, pueblo ruins, and a 1,000 year old irrigation ditch that still in use by local residents.
    Open Daily: 8 AM- 6 PM
    (June - August)

    Open Daily: 8 AM -5 PM
    (September - May)

    The entrance gate remains open during these hours seven days a week (closed on Christmas Day). Dogs are allowed on park trails but must remain on a leash no longer than six feet in length. Dog owners must pick up after their pets.

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    • Archeology

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    The Vermillion Cliffs

    by zrim Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The red cliffs of northern Arizona

    From some angles the Vermillion Cliffs appear to be part of the canyon walls on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. But these cliffs are not part of the Grand Canyon lying some 30 miles or so beyond the North Rim.

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    • Family Travel

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