RV Trip: Week 7: Gila Cliff Dwellings, City of Rocks and Sedona


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So this week I fell in love with New Mexico and then I fell in love with Arizona. During this trip, I have also fallen in love with Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas.  In fact, I haven’t been to a place yet that I haven’t fallen in love with on some level.

Don’t worry though; I still haven’t fallen in love with shower shoes so  we will be returning to our home in Indiana at the end of this 22-week trip. When we do, I think I am going to get my bathroom a dozen roses–because I now know that I haven’t been giving it the appreciation it deserves. Perhaps I will also buy it chocolates.

Enough about how I plan to woo my bathroom when I return though, let’s get on to pictures of what we have been up to this week.

RV Trip: Week 7 of 22: Gila Cliff Dwellings -snow on our ride up the mountains.


We started off our week in Silver City, NM. Our first full day there we headed up to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. It took around 2 hours of driving up a winding mountain road to get there.

However, the views were incredible it made getting a little nauseous worth it! And yep, we saw snow. We haven’t seen snow since day one of our trips, and frankly, I wasn’t in a hurry to see it again. It didn’t last long though, and it was such a sunny day that its presence didn’t ruin our day.


RV Trip: Week 7 of 22: Gila Cliff Dwellings


The Gila Dwellings were amazing. So much detail for something created with only simple tools. They were also well preserved for their 1300s beginnings.

RV Trip: Week 7 of 22: LOTABURGER in Silver City NM


One of our children has a great love of burgers, and one of their goals for the trip seems to be to check out all the regional burger chains not available in our area.

Lotaburger was on that list. It has the best green chile burger in any burger chain in North America according to National Geographic and a few other magazines, so of course, that is what we ordered. It was so good! WOW, it had some heat!


RV Trip: Week 7 of 22: City of Rocks outside Silver City, NM


After lunch at Lotaburger, we spent our second day in the Silver City area in City of Rocks State Park. It costs just $5 for a car load, and it is worth every penny and more.

Our family spent 2 or so hours exploring the rocks.


RV Trip: Week 7 of 22: Fun day at City of Rocks State Park outside Silver City, NM.


We also spent quite a bit of time fooling around. We all took turns looking like Hercules lifting rocks or appearing to be squashed by them.


RV Trip: Week 7 of 22: Kartchner State Park, Arizona .


Wednesday we headed out of New Mexico and into Arizona. One thing I noticed right away was that different types of cactus plants that started popping up. First these short round ones and then the next day fields full of the kind you see in classic dessert scenes in movies.


RV Trip: Week 7 of 22: Beautiful night full of stars at Kartchener State Park, Arizona.


Early Wednesday afternoon we pulled into Kartchner State Park. After relaxing for an hour, we took off for a brief visit of Tombstone.

On the way back to the RV we stopped in nearby Benson for groceries. We are discovering that shopping for groceries every three days is just about right for our amount of fridge, freezer and cupboard space in our RV. If we buy any more than that we end up playing the “if we move this and then that we should be able to fit the jam in the fridge” game.

That evening Kartchner State Park was used by God to give us several gifts. First, my husband started a conversation with our neighbors only to discover the husband was a mechanic and he was more than willing to help us with the few electrical issues we have had in our RV since we started the trip.

Second, we were treated to the best view of the stars yet this trip as we sat around the campfire in the evening. I tried several times to snap a picture of the beautiful evening sky full of brilliant stars, but sadly all I was able to capture was darkness. So you are just going to have to imagine it.

Oh, and in case you think that we huddle around a campfire every night you should know  this was our second campfire of our entire trip and we are seven weeks in.


RV Trip: Week 7: The Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona.


After a morning run on a trail around the campground the next day, I helped the family pack up and start our journey to Sedona.

On the way, I asked my husband “what is there to see in Sedona?” I had no idea what Sedona looked like. As we turned the first corner in the area, huge red rock hills suddenly appeared. At that moment my heart was in love with Sedona.


RV Trip: Week 7: Devil's Bridge, Sedona, Arizona.


There were dozens of AMAZING hiking trails to choose from. To decide what we wanted to hike during our one full day in the Sedona area we headed to Google and did an image search. In the end, we chose to hike Airport loop, take a drive around The Chapel of the Holy Cross, hike to Devil’s Bridge and hike the Fay Canyon trail.

By the end of the day, we had spent more than 5 hours hiking! A favorite by far was Devil’s Bridge (seen in the picture above). I even went out on it too (see this picture on Facebook for proof).

However, 5 hours of hiking in one day wasn’t enough of those beautiful red rocks for me, so I got my husband up early the next day to join me on one more hike. You can see pictures of that one on Instagram, make sure to try out the new sliding feature, I am in LOVE with it, now I can share ten pictures with my viewers in one go!

RV trip: Week 7: Petrified Forest | Road trip | Camping

We ended our week with a day trip to the Petrified Forest & Painted Desert. It was a cold day, so we didn’t get on as many trails as we have in other parks. Thankfully a lot of the great sites could be seen from the road. You can check out more pictures of our time in the Petrified Forest & Painted Desert on Instagram (I told you I love that new slide feature)

Wisdom Learned On The Road

12 Tips For Long RV Road Trips

10 Things To Bring When Exploring The National Parks

Want to read more about our RV trip? Dig into the links below!

Finally on Our Way!

Week One Update: Nashville and Atlanta

Week Two Update: Atlanta, Savannah and St Mary’s

Week Three Update:  St Mary’s and Little Talbot Island

Week Four Update: Orlando and Niceville

Week Five Update: Niceville, New Orleans, and Sea Rim State Park

Week Six Update: San Antonio, Carlsbad Caverns, and White Sands

Week 7 Update: Gila Cliff Dwellings, City of Rocks & Sedona (you are here)

Week 8 Update: Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Hoover Dam & Lake Mead

Week 9 Update: Red Rock Canyon, Death Valley, Palm Springs, Laguna Beach

Week 10 Update: Joshua Tree, San Francisco, Yosemite, and Sequoia

Week 11 Update: Sea Glass Beaches and The  Giant Redwoods of California

Week 12 Update: Seattle, Port Angeles, & Victoria

Week 13 Update: Nanaimo, Tofino, & Courtenay

Week 14 Update: Vancouver Island & Vancouver

Week 15 Update: Okanagan

Week 16 Update: Okanagan

Week 17 Update: Canadian Rockies, Drumheller

Week 18 Update: Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake

Week 19 Update Carters of The Moon, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton

Week 20 Update Grand Teton National Park, Salt Lake City, and Zion

Week 21 Update Kolob Canyon, Red Cliffs, Bryce Canyon, Red Canyon and Estes Park

Week 22: Rocky Mountain National Park, Mount Rushmore, Badlands, Custer State Park, And Wind Cave National Park

The Final RV Road Trip Update: And Now We Are Home

RV Trip: Week 7: Gila Cliff Dwellings, City of Rocks and Sedona


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