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Wupatki NP, Arizona

Nestled between the Painted Desert and Sunset Crater Volcano NP, Wupatki is a landscape of red clay ancient pueblos, that are scattered across miles of prairie. Where food and water seem impossible to find, people built pueblos, raised families, farmed and traded 90_20181107_140029.jpg
Wupatki National Monument is one of several sites preserving pueblos of ancient peoples. The pueblos all have a distinctive deep red color and were made from thin, flat blocks of the local Moenkopi sandstone. Wupatki is reached by the same loop road that passes Sunset 20181107_133352.jpg
All the dwellings were built by the Anasazi and Sinagua Indians during the 12th and 13th centuries. The eruption of Sunset Volcano in 1064 caused the people to move further into the desert, because ash and lava made the surrounding land infertile.
In the early 13th century all the settlements were abandoned, as were most other villages in this part of the Southwest, although it is believed that some of the present day Hopi are descended from the former inhabitants of the Wupatki pueblos.
We have visited several pueblos by now and were familiar with the kivas, which were used for ceremonies. This place had a ball court, an open round structure built of the same red rocks with a ledge that hugged the walls for seating. I am not sure if it was meant for ceremonies, or if they actually played a sport and had an audience.
Walking the trail in the warm sun felt great, we noticed a couple of petroglyphs and spotted some people ahead of us that looked familiar. It was the couple from Meteor Crater and they recognized us as well. We asked them if they were going to the Grand Canyon next, since it is the closest attraction north of us. When you travel it is not unusual to run into the same people. Strike a conversation and you find out great tips and ideas. It is always nice to see a familiar face in a foreign place. 90_F3989490DE5297CC5E48A685AD449598.jpg

Posted by Meike Carter 09:02

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