In the rain shadow of the San Francisco Peaks sits the wondrous Wupatki National Monument. The 1500-year-old ruins of the Hisatsinom or ancient ones. Incredibly preserved in the desert landscape a visit to the Wupatki ruins was like taking a step back in time. Close to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument making a visit to both a convenient fun fact filled day.
The Tall House or the Wupatki ruins is one of the many historical national monuments that can be found in the Southwest. A history buffs can’t miss vacation destination. While many of these monuments provide great examples of Puebleo culture, the Wupakti National Monument stands out above the rest. It is much more expansive having several ruins scattered throughout its parks borders. Many of the others like Tuzigoot, Montezuma, and Walnut Canyon are all historic and worth seeing in their own rights, however they are single structures or in a compact area.
A rich archeological site. Wupatki National Monument has over 800 identified ruins spread throughout its desert territory. The vast majority of the archeological sites are off limits. Fortunately, five of the largest pueblo sits are close to the main road and open to visitors. The Wupatki Pueblo behind the visitor center is the largest, The Lomaki and Box Canyon Pueblos follow a half mile trail. The citadel and Nalakihu Pueblos are at the end of quarter mile trail. The Citadel offers sleeping views of the desert vista.
The Wupatki National Monument was a real treat to see. I think many people feel that there is not a whole lot of history that can be found west of the Mississippi. Those people just do not know where to look. Learning about the civilizations that came before the creation of the United States is not only a great way to appreciate those that walked before us. It is also drives home the point just how unique the land, people, and culture of this great nation. The Wukoki Pueblo sits on an isolated block of sandstone. The price for visiting our wonderful national parks have risen significantly over the last few years. So, I highly recommend getting your money’s worth and visit all five.
In the Sunset State do not let the lights go out on your vacation before making a stop at one of wonderful National Monuments Arizona has to offer. Seeing the past makes the present that much more valuable.
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Wupatki National Monument
Located at 25137 N Wupatki Loop Rd, Flagstaff, AZ
Hours of Operation: The trails to the ruins are open from Sunrise to Sunset
Cost as of this Posting: Private Vehicle $20
For more information visit their website at https://www.nps.gov/wupa/index.htm
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