The Southwest is known around the world for its stunning and rugged beauty. And Flagstaff is also known for historic importance in America. Not only has the area been inhabited by native tribes for thousands of years, the area also was important in the westward expansion.  When you bring all of these elements together, you get what’s offered in the National Monuments of the Flagstaff area. Have visited these amazing places lately?  If not, here are some of the best monuments in Flagstaff to explore and enjoy.

Walnut Canyon National Monument

If Native American history peaks your interest, then Walnut Canyon will certainly captivate you.  You’ll be able to see how the ancient inhabitants of this gorgeous landscape, called the Sinagua, lived from 600-1400 A.D.  You can also enjoy the rich array of wildlife in the canyon, including coyotes, jack rabbits, mule deer, mountain lions, elk, black bears, and more. The local geology, terrain, and weather create a remarkable variety of environments, which you can see as you explore the park.

Wupatki National Monument

Another extraordinary place to enjoy the stunning scenery and discover the history of the people who once thrived in this dessert. Marvel at the huge 800 year old stone pueblo that was the tallest and largest of such structures around that served as a focal point for a community of Native Americans that made full use of this land.

And don’t forget the other outstanding monuments in and near Flagstaff, including Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and Riordan Mansion State Historic Park. Get out there and explore the wonder and history that is Flagstaff monuments.