Mischief Monday – Winter Road Trip Part 2

This is Part 2 of our recount of our Winter Road Trip. Part 1 can be found here.

On Day 3, we crossed the state border from California into Arizona. This is the first time the doggies left their home state!

Arizona's landscape. Very different from California!

Arizona’s landscape. Very different from California!

We visited two places this day, Montezuma Castle National Monument and Montezuma Well. Both are dog friendly! Montezuma Castle had a nominal fee, but Montezuma Well is free.


Montezuma Castle

The loop path around Montezuma Castle is rather short, but the dogs enjoyed the chance to get out of the car and stretch their legs. It’s December, but the sunny weather and fall color made it feel like fall.

QQ at Montezuma Castle

QQ at Montezuma Castle

Montezuma Well is comparatively much more rustic. The trail is much longer and has more places for the dogs to explore. QQ certainly seemed to enjoy himself.

Montezuma Well

Montezuma Well

Trail at Montezuma Well

Trail at Montezuma Well

QQ at Montezuma Well

QQ at Montezuma Well

We even walked down to the water. Although the silly boy got a little scared when he had to cross a small bridge. When will he learn to stop being afraid of heights?


On day 4, we visited the Petrified Forest National Park, a high-altitude desert landscape. This is a park that is actually more like a scenic drive, which is why it is dog friendly. There are viewpoints and short trails that you can visit, but it basically a 28 mile scenic road. You can see most of everything even if you don’t leave the car.The temperatures dropped drastically as we traveled northeast. Chyler and the husband outright refused to leave the comfort of the car, and only QQ happily left the car at every chance and posed for me for what feels like a ton of photos. We spent about 4 hours driving from one entrance to the other, and stopped at almost all the viewpoints. Prepare for the photo spam below:


Crystal Forest, QQ with petrified logs


Crystal Forest


Painted Desert, random viewpoint


Puerco Pueblo, an excavated village


The Teepees, the colorful bands on the tepees are produced by iron, manganese, and other minerals.


Pintado Point, Painted Desert

All these photos were taken with freezing hands and fingers. And QQ barely batted an eyelash as he patiently stood/sat at the same spot while I took shot after shot. Oh, to come with your own double coat of soft and warm fur….

In the evening, we crossed yet another border to the third state of our road trip, New Mexico!

We visited Albuquerque’s Old Town, which was festively decorated for Christmas.


Outside a festive store. I love the Christmas decorations in New Mexico, so colorful!


Old Town Plaza. How small is QQ in comparison to the arbor?


QQ, wondering what Santa’s going to bring him for Christmas.

And that concludes the 4th day of our road trip. To be continued….

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6 thoughts on “Mischief Monday – Winter Road Trip Part 2

  1. Thanks for sharing your pictures! I used to live in NM and I have definitely missed the decorations! I love the picture with the ristras and the Christmas decorations–so many pretty colors (and a beautiful pup!).

    • Thank you! We planned the trip specifically so we can celebrate Christmas in New Mexico, we read so much about the unique decorations and luminarias, and we weren’t disappointed. I’m glad you enjoyed our pictures/memories!

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