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Wupatki National Monument, Flagstaff

Categories: Monuments, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web
See Native American ruins in a desert setting at Wupatki National Monument. Three buildings and nearly 30 structures can be located throughout a 14,266 hectare (35,253 acre) area. First populated around 500 CE by Anasazi, Cohonina, and Sinagua tribes, the area was inhabited until 1225. Start your tour at the visitor center, where you'll find exhibits and historical facts and see schedules of interpretive programs. From there, begin the self-guided tour of the pueblo, or ask about the organized hikes and ranger talks taking place at the time of your visit. Take a look at our Flagstaff holiday planner to schedule your visit to Wupatki National Monument and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Imagining the native Americans who lived here centuries ago, and built with such precision that it is still standing. 
  • This NM was pretty good, consisting of a short self-guided walk around a ruin, it also includes a ‘ball court’, and a ‘blowhole’, 2 things I’ve not seen at any other ruins in the region. As always mos...  read more »
  • If you're in Flagstaff take Highway 89 Northeast 25 minutes and you'll be there. Bring food and again a backpack is highly recommended. You want to start early if you want to see the whole park. Wear ...  read more »
  • I love going to Wupatki, I stop here every time I visit Flagstaff. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. There is a great interpretive center and walkway around the ruins. The area is well taken care of and you can tell that the laws are strictly enforced with the good shape of the ruins.
  • I enjoy walking through the ruins at this nice little park. Was not busy at all when we came, and we decided to come at sunset. I appreciate how everyone has respected this piece of history, so that it still stands today for us to enjoy. Please remember to take only photos with you.
  • As a fan of ancient ruins, this was a great side trip while visitng the Grand Canyon. The 104-room pueblo has been well-preserved. It is so quiet here, almost spiritual. As with most ruins, the rooms were off-limits with the exception of 1 room on the back, where signage welcomes visitors to enter and take "selfies" if they wish. From the second structure, we could see (with binoculars) additional ruins along the ridge across the way. I was really intrigued by the blowhole, and the air rushing out of the ground was cold! Today, the Hopi, decendants of the early people, refer to the blowhole as the breath of "Yaapontsa," the wind spirit. The trail is easy, smooth, and accessible.
  • Amazing and interesting National Monument, and paired up with another, Sunset Crater. Wupatki is fascinating ancient dwelling, well preserved and full of ruins. I always suggest getting the Junior Ranger program even without kids, you'll learn the most about the park.
  • Quick side trip from Grand Canyon to Flagstaff. The ruins are ok. Can see it all in 20 minutes. About 3/4 way through loop drive there are cinder cone hills. We hiked one to see the crater and grassland forest at the top. Really worth the hike but it is steep and the only way I made it with the altitude issues was going with an experienced hiker who kept my mind off breathing. Unless you are accustomed to hiking at this altitude I'd recommend the buddy system.
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