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“Dream-like, secluded, spiritual, beautiful”

Wupatki National Monument
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Private Grand Canyon Complete Tour with Ancient ruins and lava field
Ranked #2 of 100 things to do in Flagstaff
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Owner description: Explore this fascinating ancient pueblo, located near the San Francisco Peaks, which once housed almost 100 members of the Anasazi and Sinagua tribes.
Colby, Kansas
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Dream-like, secluded, spiritual, beautiful”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

This place is unlike any other place I have seen. Frommers ranked Walnut Canyon National Monument as more impressive, but I think this place beats it hands-down, though it too was beautiful to see. This place just has a spirit to it---blowing grasses, and all of these beautifully preserved ruins built right alongside these canyons (technically called "washes") They are baby canyons. I saw a painted lizard who let me take 5 photos of him, and just have never felt this way in a place before. I even liked it more than Mesa Verde. It could also be because there were hardly any other people there either. It was VERY windy---and I am from Kansas, so bring a hat with a tie under the chin. And come in the spring so you can enjoy all of the sites without the heat. The architecture and the locations of the little huts reminded me of Frank Lloyd Wright's, and honestly, there was a part of me that just wished I could've been alive and lived there when people were around here. I was moved to tears standing atop one of these, looking at the eerily white grasses blowing in the wind, seeing the mountain peaks in the distance, and listening to the wind, and the silence. Absolutely stunning.

Visited May 2013
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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Use both entrances from AZ89 instead of driving entire park.”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

See the ancient crater (?) now just a field from the southern entrance and the Wupatki site from the northern entrance. Pretty good but having seen Mesa Verde, CO the day before, well, there's no comparison!

Visited May 2013
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New Mexico
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77 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Beautiful Ancient Site”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

We forgot about the time change from Utah to AZ, and were surprised and delighted that the monument was still open and we got to tour with their informative guidebook. Loved the ancient ball court arena and the fascinating blow-hole. Beautiful ancient site - this is a must see.

Visited May 2013
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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194 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“secluded and fun”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

We just spent half a day at both Strawberry Crater and Doney picnic area. The former is sort of between Wupatki and Sunset Crater and required a forest road drive in a few miles from Hwy 89. The hike up and around the cinder cone was terrific and took less than two hours. Then we headed over to Doney and ate and hiked up the two cones there for fantastic views. Very uncrowded. Be aware though that although this is fairly close to Flagstaff it can get much warmer here as it's lower and very exposed with few trees. I'd avoid this in summer.

Visited May 2013
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Prescott, Arizona
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93 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Indian ruins”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

Interesting history from 800 years ago. From village center to individual dwellings, if you like this type of history, you will enjoy this.

Visited May 2013
Thank David K
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