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Shonto in Navajo County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Upside-down Mountain

Navajo National Monument

 
 
Upside-down Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 5, 2008
1. Upside-down Mountain Marker
Inscription.  Hidden away in Tsegi Canyon’s wilderness of bare rock, sand, and sparse vegetation are surprising pockets of luxuriant growth. Betatakin Canyon—home to a village of prehistoric cliff-dwellings farmers—is one of these oases. Fir Canyon, over to your right, is another.

The deeper and narrower the canyon, the less sunshine reaches into its depths. Less sunshine means less evaporation of rainwater, so plant life flourishes. You could say that the climate of Fir Canyon is like an inverted mountain: there’s a gradation downward toward cooler and more humid conditions in the bottom—with plants and animals to match.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyNative AmericansNatural FeaturesPaleontology.
 
Location. 36° 40.698′ N, 110° 32.454′ W. Marker is in Shonto, Arizona, in Navajo County. Marker is on Arizona Route 564. The marker is
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near the Navajo National Monument visitor center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shonto AZ 86054, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Canyons in Time (here, next to this marker); Dinosaur Footprint (a few steps from this marker); The Pygmy Conifer Forest - An Indian Store (a few steps from this marker); Sweathouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Hogan (within shouting distance of this marker); Wagon (within shouting distance of this marker); Big Sagebrush (within shouting distance of this marker); Sandal Trail (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shonto.
 
Tsegi Canyon image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 5, 2008
2. Tsegi Canyon
Navajo National Monument Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 5, 2008
3. Navajo National Monument Visitor Center
Sign at the entrance to the National Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 5, 2008
4. Sign at the entrance to the National Monument
Betatakin Canyon image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 5, 2008
5. Betatakin Canyon
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 30, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 832 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 30, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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