Nestled along the Colorado River gorge, Cameron is more than just a place to stretch your legs: it's a cultural and geological stop.

When driving the expanses of Arizona, you’ve gotta take some breaks. In Cameron, there are two great reasons to get out of the car. The first is to spend some time poking around the historic Cameron Trading Post, established in 1916. In the frontier days, trading posts were where art, commerce, and community intersected. Inside these sandstone walls, you’ll discover an array of American Indian masterworks in textiles, beads, pottery, and baskets. There are antique finds including Navajo rugs and blankets, along with museum-worthy contemporary turquoise and silver jewelry. If you’re there at breakfast, the restaurant serves delicious prickly pear French toast.

The Little Colorado River Tribal Park is another must-see, with several outstanding lookout points. They are all more intimate than the “grander” canyon – and you’re likely to have the place to yourself. If we’ve had rain, the Grand Falls, sometimes called the “Chocolate Niagara” will be roaring; if not, the serene mudstone cliffs and layered rocks stand in dramatic desert contrast to the green oasis below. And keep your eyes fixed on the tall grasses where antelope graze in the summer.

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