There's a good reason it's called the Grand Canyon. It is really grand. The canyon is really unbelievablhy large. We approached the park from the east, and drove through the Little Canyon area on the way. It's pretty large and spectacular. And then you get to the Grand Canyon. You just have to stop and gawk. It is so large, wide and deep.
Canyon de Chelly reminds me of the Grand Canyon in some ways. When you go to the canyon, you drive across the desert and it seems like you are on this large plain. Then suddenly, there is a canyon and the world just drops away.
When we got up in the morning, the Saguaro cactuses had opened their blooms. This photo is of the very top of the very tall cactus. The blooms seem to be out only for a short while, probably because of the heat.
We left TwentyNine Palms and drove through Joshua Tree NP to the south entrance. It is a real contrast to see the high desert where the joshua trees grow and go down to the low(er) desert where different plants grow. The Cholla Cactus Garden was worth a stop. The Ocotillo bushes were not in bloom as they were the last time we were here.