Wupatki National Monument
Wupatki National Monument
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Explore this fascinating ancient pueblo, located near the San Francisco Peaks, which once housed almost 100 members of the Anasazi and Sinagua tribes.
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  • db901
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to spend a few hours.....
    Easy access and lots to do. There are several different sites to visit with easy, short walks to each. One gets to walk right in and among the ruins, which is different from most of the cliff dwelling sites in Northern Arizona (but also understandable). The red stone against the clear blue skies make for stunning photos. One can truly enjoy a day visiting the homes of some of our predecessors.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Janelle
    Grand Rapids, Michigan151 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss this visit to Pueblo ruins
    So glad we heard about this place when we were at the Ranger Station for the Sunset Crater (and glad we had time to visit!). A bit of a drive north, but worth it, to complement our visit to Montezuma's Castle and Well in the Sedona area. Such unique ruins.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 15, 2023
  • Steve V
    58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't want to walk far to see history? This is the place!
    Wow... Thought we were lost at first, as getting there takes you well off the main highway, but so worth it. Great history, the rangers were very talkative and informative. Easy to walk through the ruins and see up-close-n-personal to what's there... Very nice and easy walk throughout.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 4, 2023
  • tilney7
    Indiana189 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice stop on the way to Grand Canyon
    We stopped here on our way to the Grand Canyon, and it ended up being a great diversion. Our young kids even enjoyed it, although they were disappointed they couldn’t climb all over the main Pueblo. Possibly the one downside is how far off the road you have to drive to get here, but it was doable for us.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 13, 2023
  • Diana S
    North Branch, Minnesota140 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views plus interesting local history
    We had never heard of this location, but we love history, and were not disappointed. Wupatki was a major part of an large trading network, and is made up of many pueblos on high points. Each has immense views of faraway mesas and over the lower areas. They are beautifully built of red sandstone and black basalt from the area, and have survived for hundreds of years after the people moved on. Though each pueblo looks like it sits out alone, surrounded with desert, lava flows, and the weathered cones of extinct volcanoes, the people came together for ceremonial and social events.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 1, 2023
  • Robin L
    Ballston Lake, New York42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss this learning experience
    We did the whole drive entering at the Sunset Crater entrance and out the Wupatki end. It’s well worth the drive. Bring food as there is none available. The rangers are all helpful and there are plenty of restrooms at each stop. Learned so much!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 18, 2023
  • WIatHeart
    Greenleaf, Wisconsin148 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical stop to or from Grand Canyon
    This was our main stop when traveling from Grand Canyon to Petrified Forest. We drove the loop road from Wupatki National Monument to Sunset Crater. You could get pretty close to these ruins and even walk around some of the ruins on the property before getting to the visitor center. The wind tunnel was a hit with our teens, seeing how long they could get their hats to float. You can purchase a $2 booklet that will further explain points along the way. If you have any interest in history and further background of the property, it's a good investment. Basic accommodations at the visitor center, so glad we had supplies for a picnic lunch. There were a few tables available for that use, so worked out perfectly for a mid day stop.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 26, 2024
  • Z7695RTjr
    San Diego, California11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for teens!
    Great educational experience for our 16yo daughter. All the trails were well maintained. We did the loop and saw the Sunset Crater also. It was definitely a must see when in Flagstaff. Loved the closeness to the city yet it felt so far.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 6, 2024
  • Seabrookgal
    539 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit along with Sunset Crater and Walnut Canyon
    On our first full day in Arizona, we visited Sunset Crater National Monument, Wupatki National Monument and Walnut Canyon National Monument. All were worth the visit and it was nice to see these three together. The main thing to see at Wupatki is the 100+ room pueblo housing that is over 1,000 years old. The site has a short walk around the site, which is about 1/2 mile. There is also what is called a ball court and a kiva. Wupatki has an informative Visitor's Center and Gift Shop, as well. This visit won't take you a lot of time and it's an easy walk around the site. But you can get some amazing pictures, just the same.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 9, 2024
  • MzKittyG
    Sun City, Arizona588 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Two for one park deal
    We entered through Sunset Crater. You can enter from 89 as well and not go through Sunset Crater too. It is one price for both which is nice. We visited the Visitor Center and Wupatki Pueblo. The area is extremely well taken care of. The path is packed dirt and would be easy for a stroller or wheelchair. There are some steps so not all the path is accessible. Great educational experience.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 26, 2024
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PnutLve4Evr
Hanover, VA625 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We visited here and sunset crater on the same trip and it did not disappoint. The views are amazing & to see the Pueblos close up was inspiring. Just thinking about the work required to build these stone walls makes one appreciate their skill, craftsmanship, and determination. A great journey awaits.
Written March 13, 2020
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metrochica
Washington DC, DC1,163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Wupatki Natl Monument is well worth the stop. We decided to get their as soon as it opened figuring we would beat the heat and everyone else. We were right, we got there at 9 am on a Wednesday and had the great experience of touring the entire place by ourselves before the sun started to fry us. The park ranger was super informative and lent us a laminated guide so we could stop at numbered signs throughout the site to learn more. It had nice historic photos and renderings of what the Pueblo may have looked like. I also liked that Wupatki was accessible. It was a short, fairly flat walk from the visitor center and then you could either tour it via steps or down a dirt ramp in reverse room order on the guide. That was great for me as my ankle hadn't forgiven me for hiking Walnut Canyon the day before. Overall, it was much larger in person than the photos on the website make it out to be. They had nice bathroom and a small exhibit space. Then we headed to the other side of the loop to see Sunset Crater, which was a a gorgeous drive through changing scenery from painted desert, to pines, to lava fields.
Written September 22, 2021
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Paul S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
A great place for some scenic views. One trail that walks up to the very top of a small mountain, giving you endless views in all directions. Wupatki actually starts at Sunset Crater which has many nice trails and lookout points, including Lava Flow Trail which takes you through (as the name suggests) a former lava flow. From Sunset Crater to Wupatki is around an 18-mile drive, but during that time you will see plenty of great landscape. Make sure to bring plenty of water, especially for Wupatki. There is no tree cover in Wupatki so it will be noticeably warmer than the rest of Flagstaff.
Written August 8, 2020
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magnoliaeleven
Lewisville, NC4,400 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We stopped here on our way to Flagstaff from Page, AZ in January. As soon as you turn off Hwy. 89 there is a directional sign letting you know the monument is 13 miles on a well maintained paved road. (This is the entrance further north on Hwy 89).

We decided to take the time to enjoy the quiet drive. I had a colleague recommend the stop when he knew I would be in the area.

Arriving at the Visitor's Center we were greeted by a friendly gentleman who accepted my "America the Beautiful" military pass as payment. We were provided a booklet to take down to the monument which he told us was about a 1/2 mile walk.

The trail is well kept and allows you to stroll down to the overlook which is beautiful. As you proceed closer to the pueblos it was incredible to see the craftsmanship and detail of those who built and lived there between 1000 and 1100 A.D.

You could spend anywhere from 20-60 minutes depending on how much time you have and there is a small gift shop where they have some nice souvenirs as well. Definitely recommend!
Written February 7, 2022
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NotNow
Salem, NY33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Wupatki is the other end of the Sunset Crater National Park, one fee or Parks Pass. Enter from either end, beautiful drive in between. Wupatki has ruins & the Visitor Center to help understand who was living there & how the volcano impacted life in the time period. If I remember right one of the dwellings here used a natural blow hole to provide cool air to the steuctures, you can feel the air rush thru! Natural air conditioning 1000+ years ago. Visit the crater at the other end for unreal volcanic lava beds & views, hikes also.
Written March 11, 2020
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triplover42
Glendale, CA116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
This park is contiguous with the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument to the south. One fee ($25) gets you into both (keep your receipt to prove payment). It's really a threefer with the ruined pueblos, lava fields and craters, and the gorgeous painted desert vistas. Highly recommend this hidden gem!

The ruins were truly amazing, huge red, sandstone structures that housed a few families or entire villages. We didn't see them all but there was one mansion we could go into, and a village we could walk around. Check out the Blowhole at the south of the village, it's worth the (short) hike. You can see everything without walking more than a mile or so and the paths are fairly accessible.
Written March 29, 2022
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Poodletoes
Dayton, OH531 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
This is a little gem of a park. The people of Wupatki built their pueblos of stone and clay here by the 1100's. Their descendants today include the Hopi, Zuni and Navaho peoples. The pueblos red sand color stands as a gorgeous contrast to the sage growing all around. Neat steps and sidewalks circle the pueblo ruins for a glimpse into the buildings. There are several ruins in this park. We just visited the Wupatki Pueblo where the Visitor Center is.
If you happen to be going to Sunset Crater as well ( they are a few miles apart on RT89) you can alternatively take the 35 mile scenic loop road from one park to the other. You will see much more scenic views. All the mountains around are volcanic.
Written May 28, 2021
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Heather
Las Vegas, NV1,223 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Solo
You can pay $25 to visit both this and the Sunset Crater Volcano National Park. There's the main building, a ball court, a community room and a blow hole that you can explore. There's an optional audio tour for a small fee as well.
Written December 8, 2020
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mimimoje
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
This was the second part of our day off from strenuous hikes in the Grand Canyon and Sedona areas and was a great way to spend some time in the Flagstaff area. The remains at several stops were really interesting and the placards informative. As an added bonus, we got a cell signal on top of Wupatki which was welcome by my teens in order to get their needed social media fix before we drove back off into the dead zone, lol.
Written December 30, 2020
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Kbecjeans⛺
Salt Lake City, UT20,609 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Love love love this place. So many different ruins in the monument, all explorable and easily accessible without long hikes. They are beautiful as well with the red of the structures matching the red of the rocks they are taken from and sit on.

Interpretation of the ruins is beginner level, but in many ways there isn't much more known about the occupants.

We were unable to go inside the visitor center, so perhaps that would have provided more information.

Great for a couple hours visit.
Written October 28, 2020
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