After we left Antelope Canyon we spent the rest of our day driving west to the Grand Canyon. For the most part, it was a long, boring drive through the desert. It shouldn’t have been too long, but one section of road was under construction so we had to go a long way out of our way to get around it. After driving for a long time, we eventually came upon a sign the read “dinosaur tracks” outside of Tuba City. It was about 6 miles east on route 160 from route 89, if you’re trying to find the place. Its a gravel road to pull off on, with some market stands set up and some more Navajo guides standing around.
For a donation, they will take you out on the hard rock bed and show you where the footprints, dinosaur eggs, and even some bone and skeleton fossils are located. They bring a bottle of water along and spray it in the tracks to help them stand out. I hung behind the guide at some of the tracks, conveniently I was wearing flip flops at this point, so I kept slipping one of and putting my foot where the dinosaurs once walked… Makes for good size reference, right? It was a neat little stop on our long trek through the desert that let us get out of the car and stretch our legs, is was much needed at that point.
We reached the rim of the Grand Canyon as the sun set, allowing for a few pictures, before proceeding to our hotel. We stayed the night in one of the park’s hotels, Thunderbird Lodge, right on the canyon rim. When we arrived at the hotel, it was dark, and we were shocked to realize the figures in the grass next to the hotel were not statues, but actual, living elk. The trio of cow elk were just lazing in the grass, completely uncaring of the fact that we were 20 feet from them, just staring at them.