Today we went to Walnut Canyon National Monument outside of Flagstaff, Arizona. On our way, we drove through smoke from a fire. On the way back we saw where the fire was.
Cliff dwellers lived at the park from approximately 500 – 1250 AD. There was no water there so they collected rain water during the rainy seasons and stored it in pottery jugs. It is believed that the population varied from a low of 40 to a high of 400. People grew crops and hunted small prey. Archaeologists believe that the women built the rooms. People left because of years of drought.