Lest anyone think I'm negative on everything (I wrote two other reviews today that were quite critical of a couple of other Winslow places) my family and I LOVED this place! We had relatives who had been there before and they, too, highly recommended it. It is well worth the effort to contact the owner, get directions, drive out to the middle of nowhere, and see this place. Even that initial phone conversation with the rancher who owns the place was a delight. He was great to talk to, both on the phone and in person.
You need a bit of an open mind at first, because this place is completely unique, created by people with a great story to tell. But we found them fascinating, their collection of artifacts to be first rate and most interesting, and they are truly nice people. It is their home since 1945 as well as a museum and archaeological wonder. We even loved his friendly little dog, who helps him show people around the place and loved to chase the reflection from my wristwatch around the ground. Also, when we visited there was a second gentleman working there named Clem, who is in his 90s, a real and true cowboy from the old days, a WWII vet, and a great man to meet and talk to.
I completely agree with those who said the canyon on the ranch was the best part of a place with many great parts. I am overweight, so I was concerned about how many steps down and how difficult that would be for me. It is just 50-70 feet down, a little bit of a challenge in spots, but if you are careful and hang onto the rails they have constructed, watching where you plant your feet, it's fine. There is also a narrow metal bridge across the stream in the canyon but just cross carefully and watch where you put your feet.
It's all worth it! It's like you've climbed down into that old Land of the Lost tv show, but without the cheesy T Rex puppets (we did see a lizard, though). The petroglyphs are absolutely amazing. But there's more to it than that. At one point, I noticed my 15 year old daughter sitting contentedly on a warm rock next to the rippling water without a care in the world, and I thought "she's probably not the first young girl who sat here; people have been coming to this spot for thousands of years to enjoy its peace". It even shelters you from the wind in the desert above!
This place, and the people who lovingly maintain it, are real gems and well worth your time and effort to get to know!
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