Visit five National Monuments in Arizona on this fascinating private day trip from Flagstaff. Go back a thousand years in time and see Montezuma Castle, Montezuma Well, Tuzigoot, Wupatki, and the Sunset Crater National Monuments ... More info ›
Visit five National Monuments in Arizona on this fascinating private day trip from Flagstaff. Go back a thousand years in time and see Montezuma Castle, Montezuma Well, Tuzigoot, Wupatki, and the Sunset Crater National Monuments. Learn about the way of the Ancient Ones, called the Anazasi, and find out how these people thrived in the harsh environment of the Arizona high desert and how they were connected to the Mayan Culture, 2500 miles to the south. This private tour is given in a spacious luxury van with no more than 7 guests at one time. Lunch at historic Cameron Trading Post Restaurant is included, and water will be provided throughout the day. Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off in Flagstaff is included.
Start your day with a complimentary pick up at any hotel, resort or B&B in Flagstaff at 8:00 am. Your first stop will be Tuzigoot National Monument, a 1000 year-old ancient ruin inhabited by the ancient Anasazi. Learn about the ways of these Ancient Ones, and understand how they thrived in the harsh environment of the Arizona high desert. Discover a fascinating culture, capable of expert architecture, astonishing astronomical knowledge, refined agricultural skills and sophisticated artworks. You will be able to enter one of the major structures and marvel at their masterful building style.
Your next stop will be Montezuma Castle and Well. Montezumas Castle is an ancient five-story cliff dwelling with 20 separate rooms and is situated in a stunning, 300-foot limestone cliff. Nearby Beaver Creek ensured survival for these people and their farming life style. A maze of canal systems still attests to the farming skills of these Ancient Ones, who successfully grew corn, squash, beans and cotton here. Enjoy the half-mile walk around this ancient ruin and use the opportunity to take lots of pictures. Thereafter, discover Montezuma Well, just a few miles to the north - a spring-fed sink whole overlooked by pueblo structures in the cliffs. This well plays an important role in the mythology of the Native peoples of the region.
Continue your journey up Oak Creek Canyon, which rightfully earned its reputation as one of the most scenic roads in America. Pass Arizona´s tallest mountain, a 12000-foot volcano, in Flagstaff, and thereafter enjoy lunch at the historic Cameron Trading Post Restaurant. At this historic Trading Post you can also find some of the most precious handcrafted artwork of the Zuni, Hopi and Navajo tribes and, if you like, purchase souvenirs.
Next, explore Wupatki National Monument - a four-story Northern Sinagua ruin with more than 100 rooms. Stroll along a paved path past the "tall house", the ball court, the kiva and the blowhole.
Your last stop will take you on a short walk through the Bonito Lava Flow Field of Sunset Crater National Monument. Sunset Crater erupted in 1085 AD and is Arizona`s youngest volcano - its lava flow field served as a training grounds for the Apollo mission to the moon.
Return to your Flagstaff hotel at around 6:30 pm.