Gateway to Canyon Country Fall 2016

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Gateway

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A guide to Page, Lake Powell, Kanab and the Grand Circle

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The beauty that surrounds us

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y the time most of you read this, I will have been in Page for more than half a year, and it seems like every month or so, I find something new that takes my breath away. The latest came in August when the National Park Service was celebrating its 100th bir thday. To help celebrate, the park service allowed free entrance to national parks around the country. So my wife and I took the kids to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Canyon. Yes, it was spectacular, but it always is. On this day, the fun was the spectacle of getting there and exploring every step of the way. During the trip, which normally takes around two hours from Page, we stopped four times to check out the natural beauty around us. On the way home, we only stopped twice. My favorite was easily the Kaibab National Forest. When you spend half your life living in the desert, any time you can spend hours walking through a legitimate, real forest is a special treat. And the Kaibab National Forest is all of that. Growing up, I spent several years in Colorado, going to the mountains regularly with my parents. That was my baseline, and Northern Arizona was up to the task. As we moved higher up the mountains into the forest, it was amazing to watch the world around us change. We went from sandstone and desert to crisp mountain air and trees everywhere. I knew when I saw my first aspen tree, this was going to be a different

day. We stopped and let the kids play at a mountain meadow and then headed together into the forest itself. And what a treat. The first thing we noticed was an abundance of mushrooms. All shapes and colors, on the ground

and in trees. Seeing so many really made us want to figure out what we effort will hopefully come soon. But the trees were the real story. Thousands and thousands of trees. Many were seedlings from this year, many clearly have been standing proud for generations. There were parts of the forest where sunlight struggles to reach due to the dense vegetation overhead. It is truly a different world from where away. Most of the Kaibab National Forest will be covered in snow while not afraid of a little cold or you find yourself back here in warmer months, take a little break and check out a completely different part of Arizona. And hey, you might as well make a day of it and spend some time amazing treats — the Grand Canyon National Park. David Rupkalvis Gateway to Canyon Country

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Canyon Country

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Natural gem White Pocket shows sandstone at its finest Page 16

Cover photo / Adam Straub Page resident takes his girlfriend on an adventure and gets a close up look at how Arizonans survived in the desert long before Arizona even existed. Page 37

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Buckskin Gulch White Pocket Balloon Regatta Lake Powell map

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Page area map Canyon Country map City of Page map City of Kanab map

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B&Bs in Southern Utah Panguitch ‘Round the Bend Wupatki Ruins

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THANK YOU BELLE

Hiking Buckskin Gulch with my favorite explorer story AND PHOTO by STEVEN LAW/Staff

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t had been a stressful couple of weeks. My life felt as though it shared several similarities to the rack, a medieval torture device were attached to opposing ropes or chains and he was slowly pulled apart. Instead of actual ratchets and pulleys slowly pulling me apart, I was instead being pulled in a dozen different directions at once by my life, which in recent months had become a bit too busy. My job pulled me one way. My second job pulled me another way. Household chores. Spouse time. Family time. Freelance submissions. These are all good, honorable things, but they all demanded a piece of my time and attention and after a while . . . it got stressful. I was having one of those pulled-in-too-many-directions kind of days. After three hours of emailing and making phone calls, I walked out of my home office into the living room and found Belle lying on the couch with her head on her paws. She looked as bored as I was. Once again my day had shrunk to the size of a living room and an office. Belle and I made eye contact and she wagged her tail a little bit. “Save me, Belle,” I said with a sigh. I got some orange juice, went back to my office and made some more calls, this time to an editor from the Bay Area. Over the phone, she sounded like she was stoned. I know her well, and I portion of her attention. When I asked her some questions, she sounded stoned because her voice was monotone and she was doing something there was a two-second gap else in her office — probably between my questions and emailing someone or reading her responses. This is how it had been for the last two days. — that required the greater I walked back out into the

living room. “Belle, I need an adventure.” I went to the garage and brought back my daypack and water bowl, dog food and a sandwich for me. Belle remained curled

on the couch, but she was watching me intently. To her as well as I do, she would have appeared cool and calm, maybe even disinterested and bored, but she was the candle ready to throw off the bushel,

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and though she appeared calm, a new alertness and hopefulness gleamed from her eyes. only make her wear it when we go on walks, so when I grabbed it off its peg, she bounded off the

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Exuberance, and her exuberance beamed right out of her and filled the room with its light. Her exuberance is very contagious. Belle ran around our living room in her patented ecstatic panic; doing what we call her Belley Dance. Feet prancing, tail whapping; bowing, barking and leaping. I left it there. And with that thought I took my cell phone out of my pocket and left it on the table. “No leashes An hour later, we arrived at the Buckskin Gulch gates of the Belmont Stakes. Belle ran! She jumped! She went! She chased the first scent she happened upon. permit, Belle had chased that scent 200 feet in the direction opposite Buckskin Gulch. I could only see the tip of her happy tail whipping above the sagebrush like a dune buggy flag. I whistled. “This way Belle!” I watched her tail change course and come my way. Man, I love that dog! One of my second jobs is guiding clients on

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overland trips throughout the Vermilion Cliffs and Grand taken my clients to Buckskin always taken them in through Wire Pass (a tributary canyon never entered it from its upper trailhead and I am burning with anticipation of spending the day exploring a new place — and Belle is visibly trembling with it. If she stands still, she will probably explode. So she runs, trying to smell every bush at the same time. It was the perfect day for a walk. Blue skies. Chilly, rosycheek air. The late-December ground half covered with crusty, two-week old snow, the other half covered with halfthawed mud. The trail wound through a sagebrush field along the edge of a gully. I watched happy Belle sniff one bush and pee on another one. She then

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crossed the gully and did the same on the other side. She was ecstatic. She leapt off hills and over bushes like she was a 1-year-old pup. Belle, easily a 10-horsepower dog. The canyon trail we traveled was bordered on all sides by stumpy, nondescript, orange cliff walls covered in a camo-pattern of half-gone snow. I followed the trail over muddy meadows where the mud built up on my boot soles like emails in my inbox, then l dropped down into the gully where I crossed the frozen stream with short Geisha steps, then back up the side of the gully, where the trail, once again, meandered through the sagebrush. The only thing that meanders more than a stream is a trail made by a well-fed cow, and surely this trail was made by a herd of very contented cows. After an hour of running, leaping and exploring Belle

had burned off enough energy that her fervor had dropped to a steady thrum, but she still circulated in my general vicinity, doing a non-stop, Chinese fire drill around me. Three miles below the trailhead, Buckskin Gulch transforms from a gully running through a redwallrimmed meadow into a narrow slot canyon. Inside the slot canyon, its widest spots are about as wide as a single highway lane, yet in many strip of grass between Jeep tracks, and there are several spots where I was able to touch both walls at the same time with my outstretched hands. made from Navajo Sandstone. Countless flashfloods through several millennia have sculpted the walls into majestic flutes. Walking through Wire Pass is a bit like walking down a narrow

hallway that was inspired by Picture petrified curtains. To me it looks like a six foot high top, with serrated blades along its sides, was sent spinning and caroming down this Jurassic hallway, grinding away scallops and chevrons of wall in every spot it collided. Because Buckskin Gulch is so narrow, very little direct sunlight can penetrate into it. The light that finally reaches your eye is very soft and diffused. It looks like it has been sifted a half dozen times through filters of citron and saffron. The soft sunlight draws out the pinks, reds, oranges and purples of the oxide, and this choiring light draws Belle and I ever deeper into the slot, like the white stag draws the hunter deeper into the forest. Belle bounced from one wall and back to the other as if her nose was a Pong dot and

the rest of her was doing its best to keep up. We traveled down that ancient hallway to the Wire Pass junction where the canyon suddenly flares open into a box about the size of a football field. There, on a tall cliff wall we found several Anasazi petroglyphs, including petroglyphs of men, bighorn sheep and a mysterious dotted line forming a continuous wave traveling the entire length of the wall. We ate our lunch and drank some water in a sunny wedge, then, content with our in the direction of the Jeep. By the time we returned to the car two hours later, we were both very tired. But it was the most beautiful, satisfying kind of tired; the tired of having spent your day in the exuberant spell of exploring. It felt good, real good, to have left our leashes at home and run wild for a day. At the car, I squatted down

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until I was face to face with Belle. “Thanks for the great adventure, buddy!” And to my surprise Belle licked my face, and I let her. Belle is a shy girl. In the 16 months that I have known her, this was one of fewer than five times that she has licked me. Maybe after our eight-mile walk, she just needed some salt, and my face and forehead glowed with it, but Belle has a very expressive face and the positioning of her ears, the angle of her eyebrows, the light in her eyes seemed to be saying, Thanks for a great adventure. “No, thank you, amiga! I think I needed that more than you!” I felt blessed. Because dog saliva cures the blues out the poisons. It dissolved the strings that were pulling me in 30 different directions. Yes, a thousand thank yous, Belle. My muddy buddy. My number one adventure partner. My trusty dusty canyon companion. Thanks for always having my back. Thanks for always being spontaneous, willing and ready to go. Thanks to you my sanity will remain intact for a few more days. And your hugs, and Belley Dances, and licks will add another 10 years to my life. Fall and winter are great times to hike Buckskin Gulch. The best route to enter Buckskin Gulch is from the Wire Pass Trailhead. No advance permit is necessary, but hikers must obtain a day-use permit, which they can get right at the trailhead. There is also a $6 per person fee, also paid at the trailhead.

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A WARPED WALK

White Pocket talks hikers through wonderland story AND PHOTOS by Steven Law/Staff

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e leave our vehicle parked at the trailhead, sling our small daypacks onto our backs and walk over the sandy trail to White Pocket. parking lot to White Pocket, only about 200 feet. The trail has room to make a couple turns as it winds through a hallway in the white sand dunes, on which grow wild mint, creosote, sagebrush and juniper trees. Our destination is hidden from view behind the sand dunes through which we walk, but the spot where the trail

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terminates gives us a sudden and dramatic view of the White Pocket. “Oh wow!” says Carrie Jenkins. I am hiking with Carrie and her 20 year-old daughter, Mariah. The three of us pause at the entrance to White Pocket for about a minute and take in the grand view. After proceeding farther which allows us a better sense of its otherwordly strangeness, Carrie says, “I Burton movie,” “Yeah!” her

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daughter agrees. “Dr. Seuss would love this place!” White Pocket is a beautiful and unique geological feature inside Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, located in northern Arizona. White

goethite are responsible for the bands of yellow and brown. A few years ago, I worked as an overland tour guide taking clients on day trips to

broad bed of white sandstone arranged in geodesic hexagons, pentagons and squares. But the unique rockscape also features various shades of red, orange and pink rocks. The orange-based colors are due to the oxidation of iron and hematite within the sandstone. Limonite and

jewels. One of my favorite destinations was White Pocket, and my favorite part about taking people there was hearing them try to digest and describe what they were seeing. During the time I guided trips there, I heard it described as a giant turtle shell, a village of igloos, a petrified cloud


and biscuits in a Dutch oven. All of which are accurate metaphors. geologist, a recreational rockhound or a metamorphic metaphorist, you will love exploring White Pocket. White Pocket is a geologically unique, beautiful hiking and photographic destination, located three miles south of the Utah border between Kanab, Utah and Page, Ariz.

White Pocket is located in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and is about a two-hour drive from Kanab or Page. Half the fun of visiting the area is the drive there. The road is a four-wheel drive roller coaster ride that slaloms around a couple hundred juniper trees, up and down dozens of sandy hills and between ancient sandstone monoliths. After your trek across this

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of twisted and contorted Navajo Sandstone. “The geology there is complex,” said Rody Cox, a geologist for the Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Strip office. Though they look vastly different from each other, both the white polygonal rock formations and the twisted orange-pink formations are Navajo Sandstone — an immense sand bed deposited during the early Jurassic age. Vermilion Cliffs National Monument Manager Kevin Wright said the reason for their drastic difference is that they oxidized and weathered differently. is exploring its unique rock formations, but the area also has stunning views of the Grand Staircase to the

standing atop some of White It takes about two and a half hours of driving to reach White Pocket from Page or Kanab. After arriving, plan on spending one to three hours exploring and photographing features. No permit is needed to hike White Pocket, but it can be difficult to reach on your own. The road to White Pocket consists of long stretches of deep sand that is simply too deep for a conventional car to traverse. But any four-wheel drive vehicle with reasonable clearance can make it. If you have the proper vehicle and navigational skills, you can find driving directions at the Vermilion Cliffs website. Overnight camping is allowed but there is no water or bathrooms, and camping permits are not required. Dogs are also allowed.

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or the 14th consecutive year, the Page Balloon Regatta will fill the skies above the city with colorful, hot-air balloons, and days of fun Nov. 3-6. Along with the morning flights during the festival, highlights include a two-day vendor fair with live music and entertainment Friday and Saturday. Saturday night, the always popular Glow will take place along Lake Powell Boulevard as the pilots light up the night sky, and their balloons, to the delight of the many spectators. For information, visit lakepowellballoonregatta.com

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KEN’S TOURS We are located approximately 2.5 miles east of Page, Arizona on HWY 98. See the map on page 29 in this magazine. GPS Location: N 36 Degrees 54’ 9� W 111 Degrees 24’ 39� Take highway 98 toward Kaibeto and turn left on Navajo Route N22B (Antelope Point Road) for about 1/4 mile. The entrance sign is on the left. Bus Tours are Welcome! We have plenty of parking space.

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they are all (dog included) wearing smiles. New converts to the bed & breakfast experience. Staying at a B&B or small — it takes a special breed of traveler. Someone who the morning with breakfast served in a plastic wrap and impersonal service. Hmm, it takes someone who likes the personal touch. Instead of walking down a lobby, you could be greeted by a burro! At Burro Flats High Desert Lodge, the friendly burros Chocolate

Bear or Donny are waiting for attention. Excellent host Celeste is always bursting with ideas on what guests can do and eager to share her expertise. “We are just five minutes outside Kanab town center but we are rural, and we simply provide a different atmosphere from hotels,” she said. “From our place, you can put on your running or hiking shoes and take off into this exceptional landscape. From here, you can hear wind chimes and birds, and that is special.” That is just the beginning of

the many very special places you may want to stay here in Southern Utah. The XbarH Lodge in Orderville is another sweet place with a rural flavor. Pet-friendly and tucked away in the beautiful Elkheart Cliffs, the XbarH Lodge and Mesa Cabin is a wonderful year around get-away. Located on a 75-acre property made up of small box canyons, this is a pretty amazing place with an amazing array of plants, animals and rock formations. The XbarH is hosted by JC and Michele and is happy to host intimate weddings, retreats and family reunions.


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Just ask host JC about local permaculture and geology and you will be off to a grand day of wandering their property with a lecture. for photographers, hikers, birders and nature lovers. Like a fabulous breakfast to start your day? At Condit Ditch Ranch just outside Kanab, host Suzanne is a pastry chef and provides breakfast with the assistance of her many hens. Each hen has a name and knows it; your omelet may be a Mary and Betty mix of eggs with a contribution from chicken Susie as well. The goats on the property do their part, providing the Condit Ranch fantastic goat milk cheese is to die for.) There seems to be something going on with chefs and the local B&Bs here. In Kanab, the Grand Circle Bed & Breakfast is a beautiful

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anguitch, Utah, the largest and most historic town in the Bryce Canyon area, was named by the Paiute Indians after the “big fish� they caught in nearby Panguitch Lake (Big: Pan, Fish: Quitch). district are reminders of the pioneers who worked hard to establish their community. A group of pioneers from Parowan and Beaver first settled the valley on March 16, 1864. The first winter, being exceptionally cold, was hard for the settlers. Crops had failed, and people were starving. Seven brave men journeyed 40 miles away to Parowan to search for flour. The snow was so deep that the men had to abandon their oxen and wagons. They were able to reach Parowan by placing a quilt on top of the deep snow, walking to the end of the quilt, then placing another down, and retrieving the first. This became known as the Panguitch quilt walk. Settlers were forced to abandon the village and leave their crops during the Black Hawk War in May 1866. In 1871, Latter Day Saints leader Brigham Young ordered that Panguitch be resettled. As the settlement grew, a brick factory was built. The majority of the people from the community worked in the factory, loading horse-drawn wagons with wood, and iron-rich clay, firing a kiln with the wood, and making bricks. The brick workers were not paid with cash but with bricks. This enabled the workers and townspeople to build the large brick homes that are still standing today. Panguitch is filled with unique history and traditions. One such story is derived from an early sheriff, James W. Pace, story holds that when federal agents came to Panguitch hunting polygamists in the middle of the night, Hanna would light a lamp and set it in the window to signal all men in the neighborhood to go into hiding. During the first settlement of Panguitch between 1864 and 1867, members of the LDS Church paid tithes with produce and livestock that were kept on the lot on which the Pioneer Museum storehouse and was dedicated in 1907. Later, it was used for church classrooms and a seminary. In 1964, it was leased to the Daughters of Utah Pioneers for a museum, where visitors today can enjoy the fine collection of pioneer artifacts. Whether one is escaping the summer heat, enjoying summer fishing or experiencing fall colors, Panguitch is the base for a good vacation getaway.

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‘Round the Bend Just in case you haven’t gone already story by blake tilker, Photo by MATT ROBERTS/ special to the Gateway

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k, now this is the big daddy of the area. This is one of the reasons you came here in the first place. Someone once told me the three most important features of Page are Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend. And even though Horseshoe Bend is on National everyone. Horseshoe Bend gets its name from the serpentine, 180 degree curve in the Colorado River. Although it looks more like a mule shoe, the winding section of river has carved out one of the most photographed natural wonders ever. The trail head for Horseshoe Bend is about three miles southwest of Page and is well marked with signs and tour buses. Park at the well-maintained parking lot just off because they are about to be knocked off. miles, but the first section of trail is a steep at the top of the hill if you want to gather your molecules before starting the descent. The rest of the hike is in sand, but you can bounce around the protruding sandstone fins to make it a bit easier. The first time I went to Horseshoe Bend, I walked right up to the edge of the 1,000 foot Navajo Sandstone drop and literally way of telling me to get low. The exposure to hold you back, so keep that in mind on a windy day. Horseshoe Bend regularly has hundreds of people scrambling about for that awardwinning photo to take home. Sunrise shots will light up the prominent point of the horseshoe, while sunset shots backfill the landmark and add another dimension of beauty. A tripod and wide angle lens are needed to capture Horseshoe in its entirety. Most people will head straight to the main overlook for the experience, however, I would suggest you hike around and get as high as you can via the various mounds of 180 million year old Navajo Sandstone buttes.

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ANCIENT HISTORY

Wandering the ruins of Wupatki National Monument story AND PHOTOS by Adam Straub/Special to Gateway

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he sun was just starting to think about lifting its head above the horizon, but we already had a head start on it. The first cup of coffee was down, the gas tank was full, and my girlfriend and I were ready to hit the highway. She was kind enough to let me spend the summer back on my home turf in Northern Arizona, so I was repaying the favor by showing her as much of the area as possible. Today, the fascinating ruins of Wupatki National Monument were on the list. The drive from my hometown of Page seemed to fly by. Liz would probably say my foot was a little heavy, the combination of good conversation and killer tunes on the stereo. Either way, we

had quickly left the towering sandstone cliffs, skirted the colorful multihued bands of edge, and were now cruising through the grasslands of Northern Arizona. There are a lot of reasons to get up and get moving early in the desert. Fewer people on the road, cooler temps and the crisp morning light is stunning. Soon the San Francisco Peaks and other remnants of Northern center stage and we knew we were drawing near our destination. We passed through the entrance to the monument off of Highway 89 and continued on the drive to the visitor center. The volcanic nature of the landscape became

readily apparent as we drove. Hills were covered in cinder of deep red and purple hues adorned with large outcrops of sandstone. Vegetation was scarce until we drew near the visitor center and a seep spring. Amid a dry and dusty landscape, the spring was an oasis with vibrant growth trickling down the hillside of black cinder. Some of the ruins in the area can be visited before arriving at the visitor center, but I wanted Liz to be able to get the most out of the visit as possible. I also had not been to the monument since a middle school field trip and was happy to seek out a refresher on my knowledge of the area. The visitor center was the perfect place to start. We were greeted by

friendly rangers who collected our visitor fee and provided us with us a handy brochure that corresponded with different features of the structures we were about to view. Very informative displays in the center provided even more knowledge, but it seemed a shame to waste valuable time we could spend with the ruins without a gaggle of other curious visitors. We stepped through the back doors and within just a few steps a massive multi-room structure dominated the landscape. “Wow...,” was the first phrase uttered. “Yep”, was the second. The ruins still amazed and impressed even though I had viewed them before. That amazement increased as our guide pamphlet

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described interesting facts and information about the vibrant society that inhabited the area. Humans had roamed the lands as far back as 10,000 years. They hunted and gathered at a time of more temperate climate and when the deer and thrived. Later a rich tapestry of communities formed around the cinder fields surrounding Sunset Crater volcano. The volcanic landscape holds a vast network of caves that conducted water and aided in irrigation of crops. Society thrived and there have been hundreds of ruins discovered in the area. Wupatki was the largest of them all. The massive multi-room structure also featured what was believed to have been a ceremonial kiva and ball court. Wupatki is also located in an area that was surrounded by other unique cultures and there are many pieces of evidence that

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demonstrate vast networks of trade, influence and interaction. It seems however that not all was well in the area. According to some sources, legends tell of a people who had become so successful at agriculture that they had immense amounts of free time. They began to follow a life of leisure and promiscuity to such a degree that they ignored their duties and roles in society. The conditions of life deteriorated so much that eventually fire and lava were sent to purify the land and cleanse the hearts of the people. Those that survived settled among the nutrient rich cinder fields and began life anew. Scientific records indicate people began to gather and build at Wupatki near 1100 AD. Sunset Crater is believed to have last erupted between 1064 and 1085 AD. The population of those that built Wupatki exploded over the next 100 years and then seemingly moved on. Wupatki is the name of just one of some 800 sites in the Wupatki National Monument. The word has been interpreted as meaning “Long Cut House.� Some sources say it is in reference to the structures large size while others suggest the reference is to a nearby canyon cut into the earth. Another legend indicates that the people of Wupatki had ignored the prior history with sunset crater and had begun to resume a life

of decadence. Their leader was desperate to awaken his people from their ways and, in a demonstration of shock and terror, cut something long and important before going into exile. There are several reasons and factors that may have lead the people to move on, but the area was not abandoned. Just as rich as the history of the ruins, is the history of its other occupants and caretakers. One caretaker couple lived on site in the ruins for almost 10 years after having only been married to each other for two weeks. This legacy of caring for the structures and preserving the history of the cultures that once called it home is carried on today. Our brochure guide outlined for us what different rooms in the Wupatki structure may have been used for and unique feats of engineering such as ventilation throughout the adobe building. Every once in a while, we would just gaze out over the open plains and the great expanse that was their domain. Nothing but blue sky save the lone cloud or two in the distance. Coming from a background of guiding and exploring, my girlfriend and I loved the ability to self-guide and at the same time loved having access to the team of National Park Service custodians. While they were mostly seeing to the maintenance of the Wupatki structure, they were never too gained from simply reading busy to answer questions or about a place. As we walked among the

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interrupted as other curious minds joined the trail. We returned to the visitor center to learn more before heading out to other sites within the monument and thanked the rangers for their time as we left. Next, we visited other sites within the monument that demonstrated more of the unique construction and ingenuity in completing the structures. The ruin of Wukoki appears to simply be an extension of a large sandstone outcropping that seems to defy gravity on its own. It is an amazing example of the structures blending with the landscape that would later influence the work of famous architects in Arizona. The Citadel structure is unique in that little is known about it. It commands stunning vistas and overlooks a large depression and what appears to be a sinkhole. Was it a place to keep watch? Guard a

water source? So much of the area still remains an unknown to be studied. There are many ways that one can experience the ruins besides self-touring. The National Park Service includes available guided hikes, talks and a junior ranger program for the little guys. Guided back country hikes can also be organized with the Park Service for overnight treks to view sites not available for general viewing. The overnight hikes are an option that my girlfriend and I are very keen to pursue when the fall and winter seasons approach. As it was, our time for visiting was growing short as the heat was increasing, and we still had so much to see. Other amazing monuments and parks are within striking distance of Wupatki including visiting the lava fields of Sunset Crater or going for a loop through the Petrified Forest and Painted

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Desert for a full day. Wupatki National Monument is only about a two-hour drive from Page and about an hour from downtown Flagstaff. Going for a walk with a ranger around the Wupatki Ruin will typically run 45 minutes and the back country trek to Crack in the Rock will take two days and involves permits. It can be easy to make a visit to Wupatki National Monument a full-blown expedition or an interesting stop to break up a long drive across the beautiful landscapes of Northern Arizona. We looped through the Petrified Forest, Painted Desert and Sunset Crater before retiring in Flagstaff for a delicious meal and a night out on the town. But not before my girlfriend kindly reminded me that I still had the laminated guide brochure for Wupatki in my possession. I was mortified but secretly excited to go back. I decided to ride at dawn, as the trails are open from sunrise to sunset and thought it might make for an amazing sunrise opportunity. I was right. Summer monsoon weather had rolled in during the night and bright bolts of lightning tore the sky all around as I drove out to the monument. It was one of those mornings where everything lined up right and almost seemed as a reward for not just ignoring the brochure in my possession. The rain stopped and the clouds parted to reveal a sky

on fire. I climbed the steps and stood on the patio at Wukoki Ruin to snap a few photos and completely forgot about the storm in the area. The morning was quiet and beautiful; the only sound a gentle misting of rain. Thunder suddenly cracked over my head, and I nearly jumped out of my skin as blazing blue bolts ripped overhead through vibrant clouds. Realizing I was standing on a high place with lots of open space around me I decided it was time to move on. have not been so much a warning to duck as to simply look all around me. As I came help but laugh as a nearly perfect rainbow stood within running distance from me. It had been forming behind me as my gaze had been fixed on the opposite horizon. The amazing spectacle only lasted for a few moments before the clouds shifted, the light changed and the colorful specter vanished. Lightning crashed, the rain now poured and I was off to the visitor center. A grin could not be held from my face as I entered and chatted with the rangers. After handing over the very important and informative document I had another reason to grin. Another visitor to Wupatki had just stepped out the back door and uttered the magic three letter word, “Wow…” “Yep.”

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