Wupatki National Monument
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Wupatki National Monument is located on the southern extent of the Great Basin Desert. At an elevation of between 5,000 and 6,000 feet, it lies along the western bank of the Little Colorado River. It adjoins the Coconino National Forest on the south and the Navajo Indian Reservation on the east.
Be prepared for variable and extreme weather conditions. Expect windy afternoons spring, summer and fall. Summer daytime temperatures can exceed 100 degrees F. Short afternoon thunderstorms are common July through September. Autumn days are warm and mild, winter days are cool with occasional freezing temperatures. Snow can occur but usually doesn't last long.
From Flagstaff, take U.S. 89 north for 12 miles; turn right at sign for Sunset Crater Volcano - Wupatki National Monument. The Visitor Center is 21 miles from this junction.
Commercial air carriers provide daily service to Flagstaff.
Continental bus service is provided to Flagstaff.
Daily Amtrak service is provided to Flagstaff.
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