A few years ago a friend and I took a two week road trip through the US Southwest, home to some of the most breathtaking feats of nature anywhere. Starting in Santa Fe, we made a grand loop through the four states of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona.
The diverse scenery changes dramatically about every hundred miles or so. New Mexico boasts varied desert fauna, Colorado teems with lush greenery, Utah is home to red rocks and Arizona, well Arizona has Canyon de Chelly - one of God's master creations.
Located in the northeastern corner of the state, Canyon de Chelly covers 83,840 acres that were carved out by streams and land uplifts many millions of years ago. Today, the canyon is inhabited by about 40 Navajo families who work the lush land and raise livestock.
You can easily drive along the rim and view the canyon below. But, even more interesting is to hike the White Rim Trail down to the basin below and witness life on the ground firsthand.