We spent the day chasing National Monuments from Clarkdale to Flagstaff, Arizona. We started by visiting the Tuzigoot National Monument, another Sinagua pueblo. Then we drove up through Oak Creek Canyon, which is absolutely beautiful (you will have to take our word for it because the sun was not the best for pictures when we drove through it).
We then went to Sunset Crater National Monument (first two pictures) which was very interesting. It is the youngest in a string of volcanoes in the San Francisco volcanic field outside Flagstaff. It last exploded in 1085 and covered 2100 square miles with its lava flows and volcanic ash. The contrast between the trees and the black volcanic ash is beautiful. The Wupatki National Monument has numerous Sinagua Indian Pueblo’s that were built from about 1040 to 1150 (pictures 3 and 4). They are amazingly well preserved.
We ended the day driving like crazy to get back to Sedona. We wanted to get pictures of the rocks with the afternoon sun on them, as well as a picture of the sun setting and we managed to do it (last four pictures). Sunsets here are incredibly beautiful!