stillhowlyn's travels 2009 travel blog

Passing "Shiprock", south on 491 toward Gallup, NM!

Us parked in the foreground at Lyman Lake!

Starting out for a hike near our "pad"!

Impressive trail construction by park volunteers!

High desert landscape at 6,000 ft.!

Lake view, different angle!

Let's have a look!

Impressive ancient rock art!

We thought our route from Mesa Verde would include at least one night's stay around Zuni Pueblo, south of Gallup, NM, for an opportunity to check out all the Indian jewelry and pottery but nothing popped up on our radar as a viable RV parking option. For those who are interested, there are many stores and galleries whose signs invite dealers and wholesalers. Me thinks a lot of Quartzsite vendors shop here on a regular basis!

So on we go to Lyman Lake State Park in northeastern Arizona, along the Little Colorado River between St. Johns and Springerville just off of US 191, and thanks to Beth and Chris for bringing this beautiful location to our attention! The lake is a reservoir that provides considerable irrigation and a popular fishing spot kept well-stocked by the Fish and Game Department. Located at an approximate elevation of 6,000 feet and close to the White Mountains, the amenities are many and impressive. The Visitor Center's exhibits discuss archaeology sites and pre-historic cultures, there are camping cabins and yurts, restrooms, and 60 RV and tent camping sites that are spacious and open with great views of the lake and hillsides. The hiking trails are really well maintained and marked and lead to beautiful overlooks and impressive petroglyphs.

We enjoyed several days of exploring and hiking with a couple of trips into St. Johns to pick up an internet signal, check out the town which led to the ice cream parlor! We had a great time and will definitely go back!

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