(Our southwest trip started May 1. All of my posts were written as the trip went along but were not posted live until we returned. If you want to read all the posts related to the trip, click on "southwest" in the label section below).
While in New Mexico, we chatted with a couple who were going to be on the road for six months. They have an RV and were headed from California to visit children along the east coast. They had just come through Arizona and we were discussing suggestions of what they should see in New Mexico and what we should stop and see in Arizona.
High on their list was the Chiricahua National Monument. They said it was not to be missed. A bit off the beaten path but well worth the drive.
So off we headed from out original itinerary and we were glad we made the detour. The area is beautiful with many unusual formations. It reminded us a bit of Bryce Canyon National Park but the colors and shapes were different enough to make this a unique experience. Just the type of unexpected things we love to find along the way.