Sunday, October 7, 2012

Holbrook, Arizona

October 6, 2012:

We arrived at the OK RV Resort in Holbrook, Arizona on October 4th. Easy pull through site with full hookup and excellent WiFi, it is OK !  

We seem to be following the BNSF railroad line, from Raton Pass to Santa Fe to Albuquerque to Gallup and now Holbrook.  We have been able to hear the train from all of these campgrounds and it hasn't bothered us at all.  Interestingly, when reading campground reviews there is always someone complaining about the train noise.  

This is my 3rd time in Holbrook and sorry to say the downtown area seems to be more depressed than ever.  Holbrook was a wild west cowboy town in the past, one of the historic streets is named "bucket of blood street" after the "Bucket of Blood Saloon", which still stands.  Holbrook has a great museum in the old Court House and you are able to go into the old jail cell that is really spooky.  Holbrook is another classic Route 66 town famous for it's Wigwam Motel and has several rock and petrified wood shops and dinosaur statues.  Petrified wood is common here, it's buried under ground and they actually mine for it. The campground office yard is covered with it. 

The famous Petrified Forest and Painted Desert National Park is about 25 miles away and is spectacular.  The Blue Mesa Trail is not to be missed, it is a 1 mile loop trail that winds through, out of this world, rock formations and lots of petrified wood. The crystal Forest trail is also special, huge logs of petrified wood all laying all over. 
The Painted Desert Inn was also very cool, built in the early 1900's, then renovated by the CCC during the 1930's after which it became a famous Harvey's Restaurant.

Stay tuned, next update from Flagstaff, Arizona 

Painted Desert view

The Painted Desert Inn

Mural inside the Painted Desert Inn

Heading down the road in the Painted Desert

Painted Desert view

View from the top of the Blue Mesa Trail

The Blue Mesa Trail

The Blue Mesa Trail

The Crystal Forest Trail

Petrified Wood Log

Holbrook Dinosaurs 

Old building wall constructed with Petrified Wood

Rock and Petrified Wood shop in Holbrook

Classic Mexican restaurant in Holbrook

We had a good lunch at Joe and Aggie's in Holbrook

Mural showing the Bucket of Blood Saloon

Don't think I can handle it !

The famous Wigwam Motel in Holbrook
Godzilla is back ?

The old Holbrook jail would scare you straight


1 comment:

  1. The scenery is breathtaking! It is amazing what you get to see and do in a short amount of time in each spot. Good time management skills at work here I think! Enjoy!