Walnut Canyon National Monument in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Cliﬀ Homes and Canyon Life
As recently as the mid-1200s, families lived, worked, and played in Walnut Canyon. Tending crops on the rim, traveling to gather food, and collecting water from the canyon bottom were part of a daily routine.
It may be difficult to imagine living here, constantly negotiating this rugged terrain. Our motorized lives make it easy to forget that, throughout most of history, peoples' existence was much more physical.
Who Were They?
Walnut Canyon's farming community flourished between roughly 1125 and 1250. By this time, people across the Southwest were united by corn cultivation and village life. But their architecture, pottery, and tools differed across space and time.
Archeologists used these differing traits, which occurred in patterns on the landscape, to describe and label cultural traditions such as Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) and Sinagua.
Walnut Canyon, with its compact villages of adjoining, rectangular room blocks (called pueblos by the Spanish) and plain brown pottery, lies within the heart of the Sinagua tradition.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 35° 10.274′ N, 111° 30.561′ W. Marker is in Walnut Canyon Touch for map. Marker is along the trail leading from the visitor center to the Island Trail. 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. A Complex Community (here, next to this marker); A Ribbon of Life (here, next to this marker); Tension and Harmony (within shouting distance of this marker); A Time of Change (within shouting distance of this marker); Migration is not abandonment. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Perfect Shelter (about 400 feet away); Departure (about 500 feet away); What Happened Here? (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Walnut Canyon National Monument.
Also see . . . Walnut Canyon National Monument. (Submitted on November 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Environment • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 358 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 23, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.