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Wupatki National Monument, Flagstaff
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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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  • This was an awesome stop! I would highly recommend making the trip out to the ruins. It is a bit of a drive and you have to pay a fee but the ruins are in good condition and really cool to see. Some o...  more »
  • Several thousand people organized into many communities lived in this area in the late 1100s. A visitor is able to walk all around the pueblo and see the ball fields as well as explanatory plaques, de...  more »
  • The first time you see Wupatki, it takes your breath away, what a gorgeous setting. Get a booklet at the visitors center explaining the different stops w hen you walk around it, fascinating. I would h...  more »
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  • The ability to get very close to these ruins was memorable. The ranger on duty that day was wonderful with my granddaughter as she became a junior ranger.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very interesting place. The desert landscape is vast and beautiful. The ruins are fascinating, blending a chaco style with elements from the south, such as ball courts. Be sure to check out the blow hole.
  • The very first ruin for me so everything was new and exciting to view how the ancient peoples lived. Fascinating to walk among the ruins. Tried to imagine a young boy living here.