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Wupatki National Monument and Montezuma Castle National Monument

Wupatki National Monument and Montezuma Castle National Monument

  • Author: domale
  • Date Posted: Jun 6, 2014
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  • Address: Montezuma National Momument


On our way from Grand Canyon to Sedona we visited the Pueblos in Wupatki National Monument. Around the ruins we learned a lot about the people who once lived here. They were farmers in the desert and depended on the infrequent rainfall. Close to their home a volcano erupted after which the natives moved away. The reason for the moving aren’t quite clear, but it is thought that the landscape changed so much that living there was not possible anymore. The center of the area is the now called Wuptaki National Monument. Around hundred people from different cultural backgrounds lived there  together. They even had a heating system.

After seeing the Sunset Crater, which was the volcano that erupted 900 years ago, we drove further to Montezuma National Monument. It was also an old settlement of the native americans. Here they built their houses in the wall of a canyon and had their fields next to the river.

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