Friday September 28, 2018: Walnut Canyon National Monument

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.