Steps With History: 3 More National Monuments For Fall Walks
Step with history three ways: a pre-Revolutionary fort, a quarry where Native Americans sourced flint for tools and weapons, and a volcanic site, with caves, cones, and many explorable oddities.
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Walks and then some
Yeppers, they offer much more than a quickie ramble: they are “think and do” sites, with opportunities for hands-on, touch, handle, and feel, as well as living history experiences. There’s budget-friendly camping not far off and many nearby activities as well.
#1 Fort Stanwix NY
Wander in, Wander Around
Yes, breeze along the ramparts and make a foray into the fort; peek into nooks, crannies, officers quarters, and joe schmoe hangouts; and chat up the occupants (c/o a ranger and local history buffs).
Exercise at Fort Stanwix?
Appreciate the extent and symmetry of Fort Stanwix by reconnoitering the entire perimeter. Maybe you’d like to give your walking legs a break? Ride a bicycle…Fort Stanwix National Monument has a cooperative agreement with the city of Rome and features rental bicycles on site, a new spin (so to speak) on national monument visitation. Budget-friendly, too: $1 for one hour.
I get dibs on the tricycle though… my second choice is the tandem.
Onwards with National Monuments for fall walks…
#2 Alibates Flint Quarries TX
At Alibates, climb to the flint quarry, where there’s flint underfoot, flint everywhere before your eyes, flint to handle. Then, if you time it right, you can see a volunteer demonstration of flint knapping, how flint gets chipped into sharpness.
Plan an adventure on the way to Alibates Flint Quarry National Monument via Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Park, with inexpensive (Senior Pass friendly) camping en route. Check out: Ultimate Public Campground App OKC to Amarillo: Review to get a whole lot of ideas.
Onwards with our National Monuments for fall walks…
#3 Newberry National Volcanic Monument OR
Settle in for a few nights of senior-cheap camping in the heights above the Lava Lands, where you can lolly gag in the Newberry grand caldera. That way, you can give yourself time for excursions in every which section of this National Monument.
Advance warning: The “heights” is an operative word here: Paulina Lake (site of the campgrounds) is up there in altitude.
This means “weather”
September tends to be lovely in Oregon, although Cascades temperatures frequently dip below freezing at night. But weather (aka blizzard or cold rain) can surprise you in any season. Camping in deep snow is only for the hardy, and you could experience some of that in spring, summer, and fall, as well as winter.
What’s the camping like? Take a look here: Paulina Lake OR: How To Sleep Soundly In A Snoozing Volcano.
Back to action…
Lava Lands (the heart of Newberry National Volcanic Monument visiting) is a wonderland of black volcanic cones, tree casts, lava walks, and yes, a cave visit with a ranger.
More info if you’re planning an extended Oregon Cascades visit:
Photo credits, National Monuments for fall walks. Featured image and top, Fort Stanwix from the air: Public Domain by NPS. Pieces of Alibates flint: Public Domain by NPS. Alibates Trail Steps: Public domain, by National Park Service. Group going down into the cave, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Lava River Cave-Deschutes: Public Domain by USFS via Flickr.
Fort Stanwix photos: ©DustyCarMuddyBoots.com, All Rights Reserved.