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  1. Default 3 day trip from phoenix early March, native history

    Hi friends!

    We are planning a 3 or 4 day road trip, leaving from Phoenix and returning to Phoenix. (We did Grand Canyon, Sedona and Flagstaff last year). We would be happy to stay at one place for 3 days or move around each day. Our interest are around history and archeology but we are up for anything other than just seeing pretty vistas. We've googled "best native american sites in AZ" and got a list that includes:

    Aqua Fria
    Navaho National Monument
    Montezuma National Monument

    Do you have any ideas for us? Are there some that are more easily accessed than others? We don't mind short hikes but can't do a five mile round trip up a mountain.

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    Welcome Back to the RTA Forum!

    Have you considered heading to the Four Corners, taking in Monument Valley, the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde, and Chaco Canyon in NW New Mexico. That might be pushing things a bit with just 3 days, and you'd want to check the road conditions at Chaco Canyon, especially if you'll be in a rental car, as the road is very rough, but that certainly would be some of the top sites for native american history.

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    Hello, and welcome!

    We have a guidebook that would almost certainly be perfect for you:RoadTrip America Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips. The book includes single day scenic drives, alternatives to the Interstate Highways, all over the two state area, including several day trips from Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff. In addition to all the usual attractions, the book has a strong emphasis on history, geology, and Native American culture--far more sites and features of interest than I could easily list here in this post. Click the link to check it out on Amazon; read some of the reviews and check the "Look Inside" feature on the listing. I think you'll be very pleasantly surprised!

    Rick

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    Default For Something Completely Different...

    Naturally enough, most suggestions will be for you to head north and east to experience the current Hopi and Navajo cultures as well as for the opportunity to study the earlier Sinagua tribes of the area. But there is a second option - go south and west instead. In Tucson, there's the Arizona State Museum as well as Saguaro National Park. West of Tucson is the vast Tohono O'odham Nation with its own cultural center and museum. Continuing west into the lower Colorado River basin would take you to the Yuma Territorial Prison as well as the Fort Yuma Reservation with its small Quechan Museum. Heading north along the Colorado River would bring you to the Colorado River Reservation, home to several tribes and the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) Museum. All of it putting you in good shape for a quick return home.

    AZBuck

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