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Mar 31 2018
chumley
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 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Navajo NM, AZ 
Navajo NM, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2018
chumley
Hiking2.56 Miles 545 AEG
Hiking2.56 Miles   1 Hour   8 Mns   2.29 mph
545 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
1st trip
I spent a night at my go-to northeastern Arizona campground at Navajo NM. It's free, and according to the ranger, has never been "full" so it's a reliable spot to show up late at night looking for a few zzz's.

It's off-season, so there are not currently any scheduled guided tours to the Betatakin ruins and the ranger who could volunteer to do it was in Phoenix for the weekend. ](*,)

So I was limited to the trails that don't require a guide as a quick morning exploration. I would have liked to see the Aspen trail in yesteryear as it continues past the current closure to the bottom of the canyon. It looked like I could get past the rockfall, but I decided not to risk the NPS violation.

The night was very cold and fires are not permitted here. But the bathroom had a heater which was nice in the morning! :)
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average hiking speed 2.29 mph

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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