Walnut Canyon

Walnut Canyon

On our return from Mesa Verde National Park we stopped at the Petrified Forest National Park Visitor Center which we had not previously visited. Russian sage in bloom in front of the entrance sign made for a nice picture. As we approached Flagstaff we decided to have lunch at the Walnut Canyon National Monument. It was interesting to compare what we had learned about the Ancestral Puebleans with the Sinagua people who are said to have inhabited this area. The cliff dwellings here were also built between 1125 and 1250. They, too, were occupied for only about 100 years. It was suggested that they were assimilated into the nearby Hopi culture. After watching the video and looking at the exhibits in the Visitor Center, we walked the 0.7 Rim Trail. The trail overlooks the canyon with views of the cliff dwellings and passes the ruins of a one-room pithouse, the foundation of a two room pueblo, and a pile of rocks that was likely another dwelling. This area had three types of juniper: Oneseed, Utah, and Rocky Mountain. On our next visit we need to walk the Island Trail to more closely examine the cliff dwelling rooms.

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