FW: [SACC-L] Re: Archaeological sites and collections near Flagstaff, AZ
- Here are some more recommendations for Deborah's friend visiting Arizona.
From: Van Zandt, Tineke
Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 5:28 PM
To: Gilliland, Mary
Subject: RE: [SACC-L] Re: Archaeological sites and collections near Flagstaff, AZ
I agree with the recommendations below to visit Wupatki and Walnut Canyon. East along I-40, just outside of Winslow is the Homol’ovi Ruins State Park (ancestral Hopi sites occupied until about A.D. 1400) with a little visitor center and an interpretive trail across a huge (1200 rooms or so) pueblo, with some stabilized rooms and a kiva to admire. In Flagstaff, of course, the Museum of Northern Arizona is a must-see.
If this person has the time for an overnight trip, I highly recommend going to Navajo National Monument, which is on the Navajo reservation and is northeast of Flagstaff. The spectacular cliff dwelling of Betatakin can easily be visited from the visitor center—it’s about a 5 mile round trip hike—and someone with more time can make the much more strenuous trip in to Keet Seel (I think it’s about 16 miles round trip). Keet Seel is an amazing cliff dwelling. To see Keet Seel you have to make advance reservations, since they let only 15 people a day visit, and although it could conceivably be done as a day trip, it’s a pretty grueling hike so it’s a much better idea to backpack in, get the tour from the ranger, and then stay overnight at the campground. From Flagstaff it would be possible to take a trip that lasts a few days and visits Navajo National Monument, Canyon de Chelly, the Hubbell Trading Post, and then returns to Flagstaff via Winslow and Homol’ovi. Of course another great thing to do on a weekend in the summer is to go to a kachina dance at the Hopi Mesas.
Tineke Van Zandt, Ph.D.
Instructional Faculty in Anthropology
Department Chair of Social Sciences
Pima Community College, West Campus
2202 W Anklam Rd
Tucson, AZ 85709-0040
Tineke: Where should someone go to see Southwestern Archaeological sites in Arizona if they are staying in Flagstaff, and want to stay primarily in Arizona, or at least fairly close by.