Wupatki National Monument

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The primary activity at Wupatki National Monument is viewing the ruins and archaeological artifacts of prehistoric Sinagua and Anasazi peoples.

Facilities include a museum, book store, restrooms, overlook and short trails. Allow 2 hours to see five prehistoric pueblos; or, at least 30 minutes to visit the largest -- Wupatki Pueblo located behind the Visitor Center -- and to view museum exhibits.

Biking

Bicycles are restricted to the Loop Road.

Auto Touring

Much of Wupatki and Sunset Crater Volcano can be experienced by driving the 36-mile Loop Road connecting the monuments to U.S. Highway 89. Traveling from the south, stops include:

  • Bonito Park, for a view of Sunset Crater Volcano
  • Sunset Crater Visitor Center
  • Bonito Lava Flow Pull-out
  • Cinder Hills Viewpoint
  • Painted Desert Vista
  • Wupatki Visitor Center with access to the major pueblo
  • Doney Mountain Viewpoint

Hiking/Ruins Trails

Hiking is restricted to established trails only. The backcountry of Wupatki is closed to hiking to protect fragile archaeological sites.

The big house Wupatki

  • Wupatki Ruins Trail from the Visitor Center, is a self-guided tour of the largest pueblo in the Flagstaff area. An infomative booklet is available identifying 17 stops along the trail, including a ball court, amphitheater.and the blowhole, a fascinating geologic feature. The trail is less than 1/2-mile round trip. The pueblo can also be viewed from an overlook (100 yards).
  • Lomaki Ruins Trail is a 1/2-mile easy walk with access to several pueblos.
  • Wukoki has a short (.2 mile) paved trail.
  • Citadel has a short (.2 mile) paved trail.
  • Nalakihu has a short (.2 mile) paved trail.
  • Doney Mountain Trail, signed "View Point and Lunch Area," ascends from the picnic area to the top of the mountain (1/2 mile) for spectacular views of the surrounding area.

 

 

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