"Sinaguans in a Canyon" Walnut Canyon National Monument by mtncorg
Walnut Canyon National Monument Travel Guide: 28 reviews and 84 photos
Just off I40, a short way east of Flagstaff, lies this little gem of history. Walnut Canyon is not on the main road to Grand Canyon like Wupatki and is not as well known. What is here, though, is a beautiful canyon setting in which hundreds of homes were built by a Sinaguan people utilizing natural alcoves of the canyon walls.
1100 to 1250 seems to have been an active time for the Sinaguans. These dwelling were occupied about the same time as Wupatki was to the north. Scattered families grew squash, corn and beans on small plots on the canyon rim. About 1150, people began moving down into the canyon, maintaining their plots above. After 150 years, they were gone.
The descendants of these peoples still thrive as the Hopi of northern Arizon and certain Pueblo people of New Mexico. Pueblo villages of Old Oraibi of the Hopi and the Sky City of Acoma were built about the same time - 1100. Various Hopi clans trace their history back to sites in both Walnut Canyon and Wupatki.
Start at the Visitor Center and then take the Island Trail to get a first hand look. The trail was built by workers of the CCC in the 1930's.
Fee: $5 / 7 day
- Pros:Beautiful history-filled canyon
- Cons:Hot on a summer afternoon
- In a nutshell:More Evidence America did not start in 1492
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