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Flagstaff in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Ancient Landscapes

 
 
Ancient Landscapes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 28, 2012
1. Ancient Landscapes Marker
Inscription. Eight hundred years ago, a savannah-like grassland covered much of this high desert with abundant grasses. The residents would have collected and burned much of the nearby fuel, necessitating long walks to adjacent areas to gather wood. Sparse annual rainfall forced the inhabitants to catch and save as much water as they could, or walk miles to other sources.

Since the use of the area by modern ranchers, the land has undergone other dramatic changes. Cattle grazing stripped much of the native vegetation away, allowing other plants, such as rabbitbrush, saltbush and snakeweed to dominate the vegetation. Although Wupatki National Monument was established in 1924, grazing continued until 1989, ending with the completion of a fence around the monument boundary.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 35° 34.705′ N, 111° 28.156′ W. Marker is in Flagstaff, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker is on Loop Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. From Flagstaff, take US 89 north for 12 miles (19km), turn right at sign for Sunset Crater Volcano - Wupatki National Monuments. The Visitor Center is 21 miles (34km) from this junction. Marker is in this post office area: Flagstaff AZ 86001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Ancient Landscapes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 28, 2012
2. Ancient Landscapes Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dry Land Farming (within shouting distance of this marker); Box Canyon Ruins (within shouting distance of this marker); Sunset Crater Volcano (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Daily Life (about 500 feet away); A Legacy of the Past (about 600 feet away); Nalakihu (approx. 0.9 miles away); Community (approx. 0.9 miles away); Where Were The Fields? (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Flagstaff.
 
Categories. AnthropologyEnvironmentNative Americans
 
Ancient Landscapes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 28, 2012
3. Ancient Landscapes Marker
Ancient Landscapes~Middle Mesa image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 28, 2012
4. Ancient Landscapes~Middle Mesa
Box Canyon Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 28, 2012
5. Box Canyon Ruins
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 483 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 7, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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