We were rather disappointed, unusual since we're big fans of the national park. We enjoy lava flows along I-15 in Idaho or at Craters of the Moon. But instead of returning to Grants, we consulted the map and continued through the national monument on NM 117; at the fork in road, instead of passing thru Quemado, we took Cibola County Rd 41/ aka York Ranch Road, cutting 2 points of the triangle in mileage, if not in time. It reminded me of the Pony Express Trail, being 30 miles on graded dirt, sometimes gravel, or washboardy or ropy, sparsely populated, studded with ranchland and BLM grazing land, and groupings of 3 to 4 mailboxes. When you come out the other side don't miss a stop in Pie Town.
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