October 10th, 2012 – Sunset Crater, Tuzigoot, and Wupatki National Monuments

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!

 

 

  

 

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4 thoughts on “October 10th, 2012 – Sunset Crater, Tuzigoot, and Wupatki National Monuments

  1. Susan F.

    Have you ever been to Monument Valley? Would have been more convenient to head there from Flagstaff. I had the opportunity to go there and actually stay in the Valley for the night with one of the Indian families still living there. Amazing experience.

    • Wow, that does sound amazing. We have not been there. It is on the list though. We plan on taking a trip to the Four Corners area and it is near there. Thank you for the recommnendation.

  2. Susan F.

    The sunset is breathtaking btw. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Judy Campbell

    What a beautiful sight to feast my eyes on this morning. I can only imagine how much more beautiful these scenes would be if I could eyeball them in person. Your living in Arizona must be truly awesome. I think if I lived there and finished seeing the sights I would start over and do them again, and again and again.

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