Emerging from the valley, the change in vegetation is dramatic and of course, in the distance, Humphrey's Peak, the high point in AZ at 11,600'. Then, circling the mountains and headed toward Utah....
...the scenery changes again as we cross the Painted Dessert.
Later we saw the above, enormous mining structure and then the highlight of today's drive.....
....enter Monument Valley.
On the northern end, taking a last look back with other tourists. Traffic was surprisingly light during our entire drive.
We entered Mexican Hat where we had made reservations at the quaint San Juan Inn. The area has apparently lost 1-2 other motels along with a restaurant which is too bad. We dined at.....
...a restaurant called the "Swinging Steak" because meat is placed on a grill that swings across a fire. Kind of a novel idea but I doubt it does much for the flavor although our steak did taste very good! While leaving, we noticed....
...a very old stove. Get this, it was used in John Wayne's movie, "The Shootist". The stove top is heated by mesquite fed fire.
The nearby hills are beautiful. On our way out the next morning, we passed the Mexican hat and I'll show it next.