After touring Antelope Canyon (near Page, AZ), we knew that it would be hard to match the beauty of that natural wonder.
We headed south on US 89 to Flagstaff.
"US Route 89 is a north–south United States Highway with two sections, and one former section.
"The southern section runs for 848 miles from Flagstaff, Arizona, to the southern entrance of Yellowstone National Park.
"The northern section runs for 404 miles from the northern entrance of Yellowstone National Park to Montana, ending at the Canadian border.
"An implied route through Yellowstone connects the two sections. Before 1992, Highway 89 was a Canada to Mexico, border-to-border, highway that ended at Nogales, Arizona on its southern end.
"Sometimes called the National Park Highway, U.S. 89 links seven National Parks across the Mountain West" (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_89).
Signs of the presence of people were few and far between along this route.
Other signs warranted some serious attention.
In addition to linking seven National Parks, "...fourteen other National Park areas, mostly National Monuments are also reachable from this backbone of the Rockies" (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_89).
"Driving US Route 89 between Flagstaff and Page brings you into contact with three distinctively different landscapes: red cliffs, multicolored desert hills, and black volcanoes" (usroute89.com).
Just north of Flagstaff, we could see mountains that, I believe, are part of the group called the San Francisco Peaks.
"The summits protect land that the native people of Arizona consider to be so sacred--it is where earth meets heaven" (arizona-leisure. com/san-francisco-peaks).
We will be camped near Cottonwood for a few days.