Northern Arizona - October 2008
Native American Ruins
Wupatki National Monument
Wupatki National Monument is just north of Sunset Crater Volcano NP (there is a nice loop road running between the 2 parks). Below are a few shots of various ruins scattered around Wupatki park.
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Walnut Canyon National Monument is a short ride east of Flagstaff. According to the National Park Service, the canyon was cut over a period of 60 million years, and was inhabited 800yrs to 900yrs ago. The entire canyon complex is 20mi long, 1/4mi wide, and 400ft deep.
I only spent a couple of hours here. There are 2 trails; the "Rim Trail" and the "Island Trail" which leads down into the canyon. I walked most of the way down the "Island Trail", which takes you 185ft below the canyon rim (with 260+ steps). This may not sound like a lot, but considering the rim is at ~7000ft elevation, the NPS lists this trail as "Strenuous". The trip down into the canyon was easy, but the trip back up was definitely a workout. Of the 25+ plus people I passed on the trail, every one were huffing and puffing on the walk up!
|One of the canyon walls. At first, you are standing on the trail looking at the canyon saying "Okay, pretty canyon but nothing special"...|
|...But then structures like these start popping out. There are dozens of them scattered around the canyon walls.|
|Another long abandoned home.|
|San Francisco Volcanic Field|
|Sedona and Red Rock Area|
|Native American Ruins|
|Odds & Ends|