Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monuments yesterday

11:40 a.m. on March 31, 2018 (EDT)
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Yesterday my Navajo friends and I went to Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monument, there are the pictures I took.

29570783_1548793615234981_76762492236070Sunset Crater Volcano, erupted around 1100 A.D.


Ponderosa pines in black cinder rodge


Wukoki Pueblo like most of the ruins in Wupatki Nat Mon, was abandoned about 800 years ago. After the eruption of Sunset Crater the fallout of ash and cinders destroyed the land the Sinagua (Spanish for "without water, no one knows what the ancient Indians called themselves) moved away.


Wukoki Pueblo from the southwest


Viewing the San Francisco Peaks from Wukoki Pueblo


Wupatki Pueblo


Red and Grey Volcanic rock Metate's. Must have took centuries to wear down this very hard rock!


A ancient doorway in Wupatki Pueblo and Metate's


A ball court near Wupatki Pueblo


Wupatki Pueblo


The ball court and some old room apartments at Wupatki Pueblo


A second floor doorwat ( note floor beam holes underneath) at Lomaki Pueblo


Wupatki National Monument road


Route we traveled, the loop is Wupatki National Monument and Sunset Crater


The San Francisco Peaks from the entrance to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, the peaks are the highest point in Arizona, located near Flagstaff southeast of the Grand Canyon and are 12,633 feet high. Mt Humphrey's is the highest point on the right.The darker points are ancient lava flows.


Wukoki Pueblo and the distant San Francisco Peaks


A huge sinkhole and the San Francisco Peaks and Kenrick Mountain (L) from the Citadel Pueblo


The Peaks from the NW corner of Wupatki National Monument


The Peaks from the Navajo Reservation side of the Little Colorado River


The Peaks from Lomaki Pueblo above and below



Closer view of the peaks and its crater, when it erupted almost 2 million years ago, called a Strato Volcano it erupted like Mt St Helens did blowing out one side.Much of the water in Flagstaff comes from the inner crater of the peaks. Read more at: 


various Indian names for the Peaks

11:55 a.m. on March 31, 2018 (EDT)
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Great place Gary.  Hallowed ground.  I really like No AZ. 

10:53 p.m. on April 3, 2018 (EDT)
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I was there in 2014. Cool place. Humphreys hike was worth it also.

5:48 a.m. on April 4, 2018 (EDT)
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Beautiful pics Gary! 

10:15 a.m. on April 4, 2018 (EDT)
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Ah..Wupatki!!  Beautiful pictures.  I began working permanently for the NPS there back in 1962. You bring back good memories.

The volcanic eruptions sparked an inflow of people and a boom of sorts, as the fine ash held water, allowing agriculture where previously it had been impossible.

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