We went sightseeing last Thursday up on the mesa and on the way back down we got caught in the Skywalk tourist traffic.  Cars were overtaking us and then each other:

1/19/12: tourists in a hurry

It’s a miracle there aren’t more accidents.

Obviously, the plants along the road are in terrible shape.  Covered in dust.  Many died.

The dirt road is in MUCH better shape than a few years ago, but there’s so much more traffic now and the dust is horrible.