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“WOW!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wupatki National Monument

Wupatki National Monument
6400 N. Highway 89, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
928-679-2365
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Ranked #4 of 41 Activities in Flagstaff
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, National Parks, Volcanos, Performances
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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.
Grand Junction, Colorado
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“WOW!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Can not wait to go back and spend more time. Was only there for two hours, needed two days to see all there was and to enjoy it.

Visited November 2014
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“Incredible Vistas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

Combined with Sunset Crater National Monument, Wupakti makes a great Second half of the day even though one could spend an entire day exploring the old dwellings. Just keep in mind that there is very little shade except at the ranger station. And make sure to take the short climb to get on top of the Citadel Pueblo. The view towards Flagstaff, the Painted Desert, and all the way out to Monument Valley, are simply, staggeringly, beautiful.

Visited July 2014
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Farmington, Pennsylvania
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“Interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The drive and the short hikes were very interesting. Ranger was very nice and informative. Hard to believe that anyone could survive there. Such a hard life. Makes us appreciate what we have. Everything was very well organized.

Visited December 2014
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Crofton, Maryland
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“A quick stop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We were headed to the Grand Canyon and made a quick stop here. It is interesting to see Pueblo construction. This monument is in the middle of nowhere. There is evidence that this was a stopping point for many different tribes as moved through this area. Researchers believe that Zuni and Hopi tribes stayed in the area and became a melting pot.

Visited October 2014
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Belleville, Canada
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“Stepping Back in Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Viewing the various ruins in Wupatki NM is an amazing trip back into time. The variety of dwellings and artefacts available to view and explore provides a cornucopia of things about which to ponder: who these people were, why they came there in the first place, what caused them to abandon their dwellings, how they lived, and so on. The visitor center at Wupatki Pueblo provides some of these answers, and leaves us to ponder others. I was most impressed at how some of the "preservation improvements" made 70 or so years ago had actually been reversed (such as a former ranger's residence at Wupatki): this gave us a much better sense of the serious care with which the NPS is saving these unique places for the future. The drive itself, particularly from south (i.e., from Sunset Crater) towards the north and west (towards the Lomaki Pueblo) was quite a contrast in that we started in lovely open Ponderosa pine forest, then fairly quickly moved through scrub into desert. When visiting, give yourself lots of time to visit all of the pueblos, walk around, and reflect upon the past lives in these places. All are different, and each has its own story to tell.

Visited September 2014
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