Sunset Crater Volcano was created by a series of eruptions sometime between 1040 and 1100. Powerful explosions profoundly affected the lives of local people and forever changed the landscape and ecology of the area. Lava flows and cinders still look as fresh and rugged as the day they were formed. But among dramatic geologic features, you’ll find trees, wildflowers, and signs of wildlife. Explore an easy one-mile trail or enjoy the beauty of Sunset Crater from our picnic site where we’ll be serving refreshments. Later we’ll travel the scenic loop to Wupatki—the largest pueblo in the region. Less than 800 years ago Wupatki flourished as a meeting place of different cultures, despite its setting in one of the warmest and driest places on the Colorado Plateau, leaving us to wonder how and why—with no obvious food, water or comfort—did people live here. We’ll stop in historic downtown Flagstaff for lunch on self, before visiting these two remarkable National Monuments. Flagstaff is home to many wonderful restaurants, so there is sure to be something for everyone. This is a fantastic summer tour—a great escape from the heat of the Valley. Call in your reservations and join us!
Depart: Mesa 8 a.m. Phx 8:30 a.m. NW 9 a.m. R: 6 p.m.