Curious about ancient civilizations? You’ve come to the right place. Wupatki National Monument offers a glimpse into the past, where the ancestors of today’s Hopi, Zuni, and other Puebloan people built the Citadel and Wupatki pueblos in a cultural crossroads of sorts.
Tucked between the Painted Desert and the ponderosa highlands of northern Arizona, Wupatki has a long history. These ancient people collected their water from Wupatki Spring, just 100 meters from Wupatki Pueblo. Although the spring is now dry, it used to produce about 500 gallons per day – enough to sustain the population. Their diet consisted of corn, beans, squash, seeds and grains, plus fresh meat from hunting. Wupatki National Monument was established in 1924 by President Calvin Coolidge, to preserve these archaeological sites.
Today you’ll see the pueblos amidst the red rock outcropping surrounded by miles of prairie. Spend some time here and ponder the resilience of people who carved their existence out of this challenging landscape.
Accommodations and camping are available in Flagstaff.
Open daily, sunrise – sunset, year-round.
Visitor Center: Open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed Christmas Day
Entrance Fees (includes entry to both Wupatki and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monuments):
Wupatki National Monument
25137 N. Sunset Crater-Wupatki Loop Rd.
Flagstaff, AZ 86004