Stan and Ann in the Fifth Wheel travel blog


Volcano eruption about year 1090




1st ruin

Visitors Center

Wupatki Pueblo 1106 - 1220

Community Room at Wupatki Pueblo

We crashed most of Thursday. I guess all the activity at the canyon got to us.

Late in the day we went in to walk around town. Williams is very proud to be on Route 66. I don't think I have ever seen so many trinkets with that theme. 50s music plays in every shop. In the last shop we were invited to a wine tasting. We sampled several Arizona wines and bought a bottle to take on our trip.

On Friday, we hitched up and drove back to Flagstaff where we are staying in the KOA. This is an older park in a pine forest where we stayed 35 years ago. This is a nice park, but frankly they have tried to cram too many sites into the area they have. Since we are here during Memorial Day week-end, getting in and around the park is really claustrophobic.

In the afternoon we drove to the Sunset Volcano Crater National Monument and the Pueblo Ruins. This wasn't high on our list of things to do, but after sitting around most of the day before we were ready for some activity. We surprised by beautiful vistas around the lava flows including one with the Painted Desert in the distance. Following the loop on around we expecting the ruins to consist of half walls where you could barely tell it used to be a dwelling. We were shocked by the four separate ruins mostly still standing. Visitors were allowed to go into the structures walking room to room. The largest of these was the Wupatki Pueblo. The seemed to be a large gathering place dating from around 1000 - 1200 AD. It's believed the Hopi, Zuni, other Pueblan groups were descendants of these Indians.

All in all this was a very enjoyable and educational day for both of us.

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