Wupatki National Monument Travel Guide
Wupatki National Monument
Wupatki National Monument
Things to Do
Things to Do
Things to Do
Native American ruins amongst bright red desert
Not too much unless you call hot and dry a con
In a nutshell
A worthwhile stop while in Flagstaff
Lomaki is the northernmost pueblo in Wupatki National Monument. You will pass the Box Canyon dwellings on your left, bearing to the right on a curving pathway to the ruined Lamanite pueblo in the distance. Aside from the historical value and the imaginative opportunities,...
Wukoki Pueblo Ruins
Wukoki is readily accessible to modern Man, but it is easy to imagine yourself an ancient inhabitant of this remote fiefdom, isolated in a hostile land, alert for enemies, secure in this citadel of red stone, a world unto yourselves. All the pueblos in Wupatki Monument are...
Next to The Citadel site is this marker. The plaque reads: A VillageYou are entering the “Citadel,” a ruin from the late 1100s. Research has not been completed so it is important that we leave things as they are. Will there be extra storage spaces found, possible evidence...
Where Were The Fields Marker
Next to The Citadel site is this marker and it reads: Farming then did not mean vast fields like we use today. Anasazi and Sinagua people modified these small terraces to grow hand-tended corn, cotton, beans, and squash. We know the climate was about what it is now, very dry...
Dry Land Farming
The plaque reads: Volcanic activity to the south produced giant fissures or earth cracks throughout the Wupatki area in the Kaibab Limestone. This formation covers most of the western half of Wupatki National Monument. The Sinagua and Anasazi Indians who inhabited these...
Ancient Landscapes Marker
At each of the historic sites are plaques with educational information of the area. The plaque reads: Eight hundred years ago, a savannah-like grassland covered much of this high desert with abundant grasses. The residents would have collected and burned much of the nearby...
Sunset Crater Volcano
The distant San Francisco Peaks would have looked much like they do today. To the east, however, Sunset Crater Volcano would still have been belching black smoke and cinders when the Sinagua and Anaszi lived here. The thick layer of cinders over the sandy soil helped hold...
PlazaAn open area in the pueblo near the rim of the earthcrack is known as the plaza. In pueblos, the plaza was the center for many daily activities including grinding corn, making pottery, working obsidian into arrowheads, processing other plants for food, and cooking. It...
Box Canyon Pueblos~
The Box Canyon ruins are typical of many pueblos found in this region. Early inhabitants constructed walls of nearby sandstone and limestone, and used local soils to cement the stones together. The flat roofs were built of timbers laid side-by-side, covered with smaller...
The Citadel~It was a remarkable achievement, to use primitive mortar and local stones to build the walls above you straight up from the edge of the top of the rock. “The Citadel” is the modern name given to this ruin because of its location, but archeologists wonder why the...
Nalakihu - A modern Hopi name, "House Outside the Village"Farmers lived here about 800 years ago. (Roof beams gave tree ring dates in the late 1100s.) The way the walls join show this small pueblo was not built all at once, but was added onto. Roof remains indicated parts...
You can purchase a trail guide within the visitor center for just $1.00. This is the largest pueblo within the park.Between 1100 and 1200, more people lived in this area than ever before, or since. Located along routes linking large populations to the northeast and south,...
Wupatiki National Monument Visitor Center~
Visitor centers are always a wealth of information with wonderful friendly staff to help, a great gift/books store and some really educational displays available too. One of the welcoming rangers offer me a Wupatki Pueblo Trail Guide to use free while exploring the Wupatki...
This is a very unique pueblo because you can walk within it safely and crawl or crouch into the others rooms. Be careful though of snakes! There is a trail that takes you all around the pueblo too, so make sure to check it out!Wukoki, a modern Hopi word for “Big House” was...
The Nalakihu and Citadel pueblos are located a couple of miles east of Wupatki pueblo but still within the National Monument. In the background you can see the volcanic outcropping that forms the backdrop for Lomaki pueblo.As with Tuzigoot National Monument, I can imagine a...
As in the rest of Arizona, the best viewing is in the morning and evening hours. Not only do you escape the heat, but the photography is infinitely better. We arrived at Wupatki an hour or so before sunset and were treated to warm tones and long shadows that brought out the...
For Your Safety~
Plese stay off the walls and do not pick up pottery. This is to safely guard these ancient pueblos. Also please stay on the trails for your safety since this is snake country and also to keep you from falls since some of the pueblos were constructed on the sides of canyons...
Do Not Touch-Feel or Pick up
There are fliers given our to all coming to the park to forewarn not to break the law. There is minimum $325 fine for picking up artifacts, damaging any area, or even touching sensitive or walking on preserved sites. They mean it and ask others to watch for violators and...
The Trails in Wupatki National Monument
There are several trails in the Wupatki National Monument, however, the only one that has any challenge to it is the Doney Mountain Trail. Even it is short; but it rises about .5 miles (.8 Kilometers) in elevation. I took all of them except the Doney Mountain Trail. The trails include:
Wupatki Pueblo Trail, located at the Visitor Center, a .5 mile (.8 km) self-guided tour of the largest pueblo in the park.
Lomaki Pueblo Trail an easy .5 mile (.8 km) walk to several pueblos.
Wukoki, Citadel, and Nalakihu Pueblos are reached by short .2 mile (.4 km) trails.
Doney Mountain Trail ascends .5 mile (.8 km) from the picnic area to the top of the cinder cone for spectacular views of the surrounding area.
Equipment: Good walking shoes, clothing to fit the season, sunscreen, a hat, plenty of water.
Written Nov 8, 2008
Address: 6400 N. Hwy 89, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Phone: (928) 679-2365
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- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
Onseed Juniper~Juniperus monosperma
Favorite thing: I am always fascinated by plant life and especially the plant life that our ancient people might have used for medical or religous remedies.
Native peoples have countless uses for juniper, but onseed, in particular, is strongly linked to life and death. A woman who wants a female baby might ingest prepared leaves; some may use them for contraception. Newborns are assured good health with various applications, and recieves rattles filled with the tree's seed. At the end of life, juniper cleanses and rids of evil spirits.
Apache: gat izee
Written Oct 28, 2012
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- Family Travel
- Road Trip
- Historical Travel
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