If you are interested in some awesome places to take your family and explore, these are mind blowing National monuments! In fact, I recently went to one of them. Here is a list for you, enjoy!
Montezuma Castle National monument , this National monument was referred as “ a place of the greatest ecological valve and scientific interest” by President Roosevelt. It is an easy walk around loop and it is wheelchair accessible. Plus, information is available all around, even names all the plants, and explains what is edible and what the Natives ate in the area. There is no shortage of information at this beautiful National Monument!
Next up is Walnut Canyon National monument.
ThIs is a real treat for families with kids, and anyone interested in archaeology and people who love cliff dwellings, such as myself! The steps are all in great shape, about 270 steps down and about 1000 steps back out, so basically, it is strenuous with 185 vertical ft into the canyon. If you don’t want to do the strenuous trail, you can always check it out from above. Make sure to bring a lot of water!
Now this next one, is just awesome!
Sunset Crater National Monument
Next up is this very photogenic place in the north area of Utah and Arizona border!
Last but not least, Wupatki National monument
Before heading to the Grand Canyon, this is a really great ancient Pueblo, considered the largest, with about 100 rooms. It has 1/2 mile loop that begins at the visitor center and is way out! Here, you and your family , or just you can learn about the Wukoki people who lived there over 800 years ago! They have what is called “The crack in the rock” hiking that is a strenuous two day hike that takes you deep into this National monument, if you want to try. These hikes are lead by Wupatki rangers and volunteer guides.
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