Sunset Crater Volcano

We carried on up the Oak Creek Canyon to Flagstaff where a prolonged stop for various reasons allowed the following:

sleeping @ the wheel

sleeping @ the wheel

velcroed shoe to the inside of our door

velcroed shoe to the inside of our door

Seth says you know you're hair is getting too long when you can wrap it around your nose.

Seth says you know you’re hair is getting too long when you can wrap it around your nose.

Northern Arizona is very much an active geological area.  Just a few months ago a highway near Page, AZ was broken apart by what they figure was geological activity.

We ventured into Sunset Crater Volcano visitor centre where we got a great education about this volcano that erupted about the year 1064……almost a thousand years later the landscape still shows expanses of barrenness.  This cinder cone grew to its present height of 8,039 feet above sea level.

Sunset Crater Volcano

Press the button, the lights shine,  indicating which volcanos erupted during different times up to 6 million years ago

Press the button, the lights shine, indicating which volcanos erupted during different times up to 6 million years ago

We are camped on volcanic rock and ash in another pine forest, most of which is Ponderosa pine and this is supposedly one of the harshest environments for Ponderosa to grow but they are here in volcanic debris.  The ground is soft (and very dusty, dirty i.e.. more black wash water) and we regularly break thru holes just under the surface.  There is little for underbrush except for some grass blades here and there, an occasional flower.  .

The land is very dry.  We see no natural water around.

Brothers running in the pine forest

Brothers running in the pine forest

Everette climbs on pumice

Everette climbs on pumice

Bonito lava flow

Bonito lava flow

More than 25 generations worth of stories have been retold that symbolize the impact and significance of the Sunset Crater eruption.  Passed on through oral traditions carefully transmitted over time, many American Indian people today feel a connection to this place and many people retain this volcano as part of their traditions.

Sunset at sunset

Sunset at sunset

Notice the right side of the hills are without vegetation just charcoal ash.

2 thoughts on “Sunset Crater Volcano

  1. We didn’t lame it to the crater in January due to the snow and cold temps =) Maybe next time, so thanks for the info. Valley of Fires Campground & Recreational Area, near Carrizozo, NM is adjacent to a 6,000 year old lava flow, so you camp near, but not on; much easier, safer and cleaner, but not free =)

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