We camped in some badlands south of Aztec. We had no idea they were there, but simply started exploring down a public road off the highway. As we continued, the road became rougher, and we began to descend sharply into the canyon. After locating a spot away from the Natural Gas pumps (those things are loud), we set up camp.
In the morning, I took some shots:
From there, we headed to Chaco Canyon Cultural Historic Park, managed by the NPS. A must see if you haven't. It is simply amazing the amount of work that was done to create these structures.
Climbing up on top of the Mesa:
From there, we headed to the western part of the park, which has several more ruins, accessed by a mild 4wd road:
We headed out from Chaco across the Rez and into Gallup, where we had some mexican for dinner. It wasn't bad, but not as good as I've had in Santa Fe and elsehwere. I'm a mexican food snob.
After this, we found a spot on BLM that looked good at first, but ended up being right near the train tracks. However, we were close to Petrified Forest NP, our next stop. Camping: