As you saw yesterday, the cliff dwellings are the main attraction at Walnut Canyon National Monument. The opening act would have to be the rock formations, specifically the different textures and layers, and of course, the vegetation of the area. Unlike most concerts, this opening act is just as good as the headliner.
What I like most about the Colorado Plateau is the mingling of desert and forest plants. Spotting a Prickly Pear cactus next to a Pine tree sapling, or snow covered Yucca always makes me stop and linger (while the rest of the family continues hiking, not even noticing my absence.)
I didn’t know this, but Wikipedia tells me that the Colorado Plateau has the greatest concentration of national parks in the U.S. (there are 10 national parks and 17 national monuments.) I’ve lived in the Southwest most of my life and I’ve only been to 2 of the national parks and 3 of the monuments. I’d like to change that.
Here are a few more pictures from our visit to Walnut Canyon. Just remember: my mediocre photography skills don’t do the scenery justice 🙂
So what do you think – is Walnut Canyon a place you would visit? Why (or why not?)