July 27, 2015

UTAH : Goulding's - Monument Valley


Monument Valley
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Goulding's Fast Foods, Oljato–Monument Valley, Arizona-Utah

Goulding's Trading Post


Goulding's Trading Post is a lodge, trading post, and museum located just north of the Arizona–Utah border, adjacent to the Navajo Tribal Park in Monument Valley. Harry Goulding introduced director John Ford to Monument Valley where he shot several of his classic westerns. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 20, 1980.


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July 20, 2015

ARIZONA : Arizona Sunset - Sunset, Arizona

Sunset City


Saguaro cacti at night, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona

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Sunset, Arizona : 

Sunset City (historical)

Sunset, Arizona was a town in Navajo County, Arizona located about four miles north-west of Winslow, Arizona. It was settled in 1876 by a group of Latter-day Saints under the direction of Lot Smith. It ceased being a town by 1884 and the last settlers moved out in 1888.

Sunset was one of four Little Colorado River colonies. The other colonies were Joseph City, Brigham City, and Obed. Joseph City is the only remaining colony.

E side of Little Colorado River at mouth of Cottonwood Wash, 3 mi E of Winslow; coordinates approximate

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

With a stay at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, you'll be in the mountains and close to Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club and Sabino Canyon. This 4-star resort is within the vicinity of Finger Rock Trail and Arizona National Golf Club.


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July 6, 2015

ARIZONA : Gates Pass - Tucson



Saguaro silhouette at dusk, Gates Pass, Tucson, Arizona


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GATES PASS

Saguaro at Gates Pass, Tucson, AZ    Wikipedia
Gates Pass is a mountain pass along the crest of the Tucson Mountains. The road through the pass is a scenic route west of Tucson, Arizona. The road from the east is West Anklam Road which merges with West Speedway Boulevard in the city just east of North Camino De Oeste. West of the pass the road is known as Saguaro Road and continues until it reaches Kinney Road just north of Old Tucson. The elevation of the pass is 3,172 feet (967 m).

The road is lined with scenic overlooks, and is an area where locals and tourists come to watch the sunset.


History
The road through Gates Pass was started in 1883 by Thomas Gates, in a search for a shortcut through the Tucson Mountains; Gates was a local pioneer, and a saloon and ranch keeper. He purchased the land in order to build this road.

Currently, the road carries approximately 3100 cars daily.

Gates Pass was featured in David Leighton's popular series, "Street Smarts," in the Arizona Daily Star on Jan. 1, 2013.

Safety
Gates Pass has been considered an extremely dangerous road due to a slope that occurs midway through the route, with 58 wrecks reported between 1996 and 2001. In 2006, a project was undertaken to improve the safety of the road, which included widening and a temporary closure. This project was named the third best road project in the country for the year 2006 in Roads and Bridges Magazine.


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