Wupatki National Monument, Flagstaff
About Wupatki National Monument, Flagstaff
Wupatki National Monument, Flagstaff - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: 25137 N. Sunset Crater-Wupatki Loop Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Ticket Price: 40 USD
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 06:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
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Wupatki National Monument is one of the various sites preserving the pueblos or villages of ancient people. There are various scattered ruins scattered in the desert, towards the North East of Flagstaff. The pueblos all have a distinctive red color, made with the local Moenkopi sandstone. The area is 2,000 feet lower than the volcanic region north of Flagstaff. The route is equally enthralling, with it passing through the pine and fir trees and descending into the arid scrub deserts.
Wupatki National Monument Information
- Be prepared for variable and extreme weather conditions.
- Dress in layers, because Wupatki weather can change quickly at any time of year.
- Because the pueblos are ancient and fragile, pets are not permitted on any trails.
- Never leave your pet in a vehicle, as desert temperatures can quickly cause heat stroke and death.
- Phones are answered during visitor center hours between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. MST.
- Phone service at Wupatki is affected by storms and strong winds and may be intermittent.
Wupatki National Monument Ticket Prices
- The price mentioned is for Flagstaff Annual Pass.
- Private Vehicle - Sunset Crater-Wupatki Entrance Fee: 20 USD
- Commercial Sedan - Sunset Crater-Wupatki Entrance Fee: 28 USD
- Commercial Van - Sunset Crater-Wupatki Entrance Fee: 40 USD
- Commercial Bus - Sunset Crater-Wupatki Entrance Fee: 100 USD
- Bicyclist/Pedestrian - Sunset Crater-Wupatki Entrance Fee: 10 USD
- Motorcycle - Sunset Crater-Wupatki Entrance Fee: 15 USD
How To reach Wupatki National Monument by Public Transport
- Rented cabs and taxis can be taken.
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Very cool native American remnants that have been refurbished and are well maintained. Stunning natural setting, too, as a bonus. You can explore the remnants on a very easy 1mi path, which takes you quite close to the ruins. The accompanying leaflet, distributed at the visitor center, gives a good summary of the building and it's parts. You could stop here quickly or turn it into a 90min stop. Pretty much no shade.
The ruins are just a short walk from the visitors center. (Although it is about 15-20 miles into the park, depending on which direction you come from. Luckily, it's a stunning drive.) The pueblo is beautiful and inspiring. The visitors center offers a booklet to explain different sections of the ruins. The information is very interesting, and includes the original use of different sections/rooms, as well as the archeological history. The blow hole was definitely a highlight, it's mysterious and exciting. Definitely make time to visit!
I was fortunate enough to be selected in the lottery for the Crack in Rock experience. I believe the allow up to 12 people (we had 7) to accompany three rangers on this overnight backpacking trip to several archeology sites. We had a special bonus star talk. The whole experience cost $75. Highly recommend!
The view going to Wupatki is spectacular. The scenery changes so frequently and is worth the ride. Enjoyed Wupatki 😊
I didn't know a whole lot about this site other than that it was close to Flagstaff, and that we could visit TWO National Monuments on the same road! I love a twofer, so we arrived at Wupatki after a long drive in from Vegas. First let me say that the problem with traveling in winter is the limited amount of daylight to get anything done. However, the bonus of traveling in winter is that the Golden Hour is pretty much stretched out to all afternoon. So it was that we pulled in to the entrance of Wupatki at 3:30 with the most beautiful winter light highlighting the grass and the landscape. It was utterly enchanting. Coming in from the north, our first stop was the Box Canyon Pueblos, and they glowed. The trail to see them all was easy and worthwhile, and I couldn't stop muttering "oh wow, oh wow" when I thought that these gorgeous ruins are over 1000 years old! Next stop, The Citadel. This one is VERY cool. Don't make the mistake, as I initially did, of thinking that the pueblo in front is what you are there to see. That is just the storehouse! The pueblo is on top of the hill, with a trail leading to the top, and it is SO COOL! Be careful with little kids, though...there is an unexpected drop off as you round the bend. From here, the road crests over a hill revealing the most incredible view of the desert. The transition from grasslands to desert vistas is really spectacular! Finally we made our way to the Visitor Center. There is a lot of great info here, but the real reason you make the stop is that the main attraction, the Wupatki Pueblo, is out back. WOW. What a sight! And the best part is that there is a trail so you can walk right among the ruins, unlike at other places. Kid had a great time exploring here, and she was very curious about the different details, like the blowhole and the gathering circle. Whether you love ancient history or have imaginative kids or you just enjoy beautiful landscapes, this is definitely a great place to visit! JUNIOR RANGERS: The book here is small and required some exploration of the Visitor Center and the pueblo. It can be finished in less than an hour, though you can start it here and finish it at Sunset Crater if you need to (and vice versa); the rangers have the books and pins for both sites. Badge is a basic pin, and a Flagstaff Area Jr. Ranger patch is available for sale at any of the three sites.
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