This article originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of Green Living Arizona.

Take time this month to celebrate the special men in your life. What’s better than a date night—or an entire day—dedicated to something just for the two of you? Here are some great ways to celebrate around Arizona this June.

Hike and Picnic in Wupatki National Monument

If you head north of Phoenix to the 35-mile Sunset Crater-Wupatki Loop Road, you can explore both Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and the pueblo remains at Wupatki (pronounced wuh-POT-kee) National Monument.

The first part of the loop takes you past Sunset Crater and the hardened lava flow. The moonscape is rugged and unexpected, like something out of a science fiction movie. If you pull out at the Lenox Crater Trail or the Lava Flow Trail, it gives you a great look at Sunset Crater. But for the ideal date weekend, the treasure is to continue on the Loop Road for another 15 miles to the Wupatki Pueblo. The landscape is a brilliant display of color and a look back at a unique culture.

Wupatki National Monument

Wupatki National Monument. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

After the visitor center, continue on to the Doney Mountain Picnic Area. After dinner and a glass of wine, take a half-mile hike to the top of Doney Mountain, another volcanic cone. Visit Lomaki Pueblo, down the Loop Road toward Highway 89, where there is a bit more of an isolated picnic area with more pueblo ruins to explore. It’s a great spot to watch the sun getting low and casting shadows across the red rocks, but the trail does close at sunset. nps.gov/wupa

Click here to download the PDF to read the full article of green date ideas, including… Scotch tasting at Westin Kierland, Music Night at the MIM, horseback riding and a weekend getaway at Hacienda Del Sol, and an Arizona Amethyst Mine Tour.

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