Walnut Canyon National Monument in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Quest for Water
During the spring thaw, snowmelt rumbled through the narrow passage below you. Water flowed again during the summer monsoon. Shaded pools held precious water after the flow ebbed. Walnut Creek was the lifeblood of the community.
Still, people had to store large quantities of water for the dry months. They likely supplemented their supply by packing snow into large pots and collecting runoff from overhanging cliffs.
Women and children probably had the task of retrieving water from the creek. Do you think they exchanged stories, jokes, and gossip with neighbors before heading home?
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 35° 10.09′ N, 111° 30.622′ W. Marker is in Walnut Canyon National Monument, Arizona, in Coconino County. Click for map. Marker is along the Island Trail loop, only accessible from the visitor center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3 Walnut Canyon Road, Flagstaff AZ 86004, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. An Efficient Design (within shouting distance of this marker); A Days Work (within shouting distance of this marker); Room Functions (within shouting distance of this marker); From Ocean to Alcove (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Community Sharing the Land (about 500 feet away); Problem Solving (about 500 feet away); What Happened Here? (about 600 feet away); Departure (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Walnut Canyon National Monument.
Also see . . . Walnut Canyon National Monument. (Submitted on November 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Environment • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 288 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.