Flagstaff Area National Monuments
Entrance fees waived for Veteran’s Day Weekend
November 10th – 12th, 2012
This year, the entrance fees will be waived for the entire Veteran’s Day weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday November 10th-12th, 2012. Visitors arriving at Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater Volcano, or Wupatki National Monuments will be allowed to enter free of charge.
Walk in the footsteps of people who lived at Walnut Canyon more than 700 years ago. Peer into their homes, cliff dwellings built deep within canyon walls. The presence of water in a dry land made the canyon rare and valuable to its early human inhabitants. It remains valuable today as a habitat for plants and animals. See for yourself on trails along the canyon rim and into the depths. It has been more than 700 years since Walnut Canyon echoed with the words and sounds of a vital pueblo community. The Island Trail leads you back in time, and welcomes you into the world of the people archaeologists call Sinagua. You’ll see 25 cliff dwelling rooms along the trail. More are visible across the canyon. Spectacular canyon scenery and plant-life. For directions click here. For more information visit Walnut Canyon National Monument.
Sunset Crater Volcano was born in a series of eruptions sometime between 1040 and 1100. Powerful explosions profoundly affected the lives of local people and forever changed the landscape and ecology of the area. Lava flows and cinders still look as fresh and rugged as the day they were formed. But among the dramatic geologic features, you’ll find trees, wildflowers, and signs of wildlife – life returns. People had been living here for several hundred years, at least, before the volcano erupted. Although we don’t know what they called themselves, archaeologists consider them representatives of the Sinagua culture. Sunset Crater is still the youngest volcano on the Colorado Plateau. Make sure to walk the Lava Flow Trail while you are there! For directions to this monument click here. For more information visit Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.
Wupatki National Monument
From hunter-gatherers to farmers, herders, ranchers, and caretakers, many people have called Wupatki home. Less than 800 years ago, Wupatki Pueblo was the largest pueblo around. It flourished for a time as a meeting place of different cultures. Yet this was one of the warmest and driest places on the Colorado Plateau, offering little obvious food, water, or comfort. The builders of Wupatki and nearby pueblos have moved on, but their legacy remains. It will take about 2 hours to see five prehistoric pueblos. If you have less time, allow at least 30 minutes to visit the largest Wupatki Pueblo, located behind the Visitor Center. For directions click here. For more information visit the Wupatki National Monument