I first heard about this little jewel from a Arizona Calender. One of the months showed a picture similar to the first of the attached. Last year I added the location to my trip through the western US.
Coal Mine Canyon lies on Navajo land about 15 miles south-east of Tuba City along route 264.
The location is not marked and can not as such be seen from the road. The only visible landmarks are the windrose and watertank shown on the second picture. They and the canyon are located on the north-eastern side of the highway (i.e. left, if coming from Tuba City).Several dirt roads lead into the area and more than one may take you to the windmill.
The only downside would be the remote location, but on the other hand you will have it all for your self. Give or take a cow or steer coming by for a drink, of course.
The Navajo Nation seems to run a picnic site there, but it did not seem to see much use on a weekday.
The location is now one among quite a few scenic attractions across the westerm US and Canada on my new web page:
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