When we were planning our vacation and booking our train ride to the Grand Canyon we discovered the national park pass. We purchased one and planned to use it at as many of the 33 national parks and monuments in AZ (TX has five) as we could hit. Our first stop was Montezuma's Castle. A large ruin that has been maintained in the side of a cliff. The park was just the right size for our crew to walk. The girls participated in the junior ranger program and had tasks and assignments that had to complete along the way. Afterwards, they were sworn in; including promising to eat all of their veggies by Ranger Stacy. We also purchased a national park passport that we planned to get stamped at all of the parks we visited on the recommendation of my friend, Morgan. This was the highlight of the girls' day. They girls received a gold ranger badge and had their books autographed by Ranger Stacy.
We stayed the night at Dead Horse Ranch, my favorite park to stay in. We spent the next morning riding bikes with the girls around the park, and Ben and I set out for a small ride on our mountain bikes through the park. Afterwards, we packed up and headed to Williams, AZ where we would board the train to the Grand Canyon on October 1st at 9 am.