Bon Voyage…We’re off to see The GRAND Canyon!
Las Tres Amigas! And all the surrounding National Monuments of which there are many.
The Sunset Crater Volcano erupted sometime between 1040 and 1100 creating the ash that made farming possible (because ash holds in moisture). This was the most recent eruption in the six-million year history of volcanic activity in the Flagstaff area.
It was interesting how what we see now of the eruption is lava in various stages from ground into sand, rocks, boulders, and whole giant fields of apparently intact flow. There must be a reason… we just don’t know it!
…and here, looking out from the top of that structure. We loved this place.
There is a much larger community by the Visitor’s Center with a fairly well preserved housing complex, a natural amphitheater, and a ball court.
This few hours side trip, off highway 89A when traveling to the Grand Canyon was well worth the time.