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“Amazing couple of hours”

Wupatki National Monument
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Owner description: Explore this fascinating ancient pueblo, located near the San Francisco Peaks, which once housed almost 100 members of the Anasazi and Sinagua tribes.
Canberra, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
201 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Amazing couple of hours”
Reviewed 12 December 2013

We went to Walnut Canyon and then onto Wupatki. They were both incredible. Wupatki is an amazing set of buildings that just show what an advanced people they were all those years ago. It is hard to imagine anyone living out there let alone thriving which they must have.

All in all a great day out there. Relaxed and calming.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank Margo D
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“Very Interesting Ruins "Near" Flagstaff”
Reviewed 6 December 2013

Flagstaff is known for its 3 National Monuments: Wupatki, Sunset Crater, & Walnut Canyon. While I was fortunate to visit all 3, Wupatki was definitely my favorite.

After taking a detour off the main highway and onto Loop Road you will see a bunch of Native American ruins off the side of the road. At first you will see a few smaller ones, then you will hit the Citadel which is slightly larger and a little elevated, but then you get to Wupatki Visitor Center. And right behind the visitor center are the Wupatki ruins.

The visitor center is small though has a lot of information on the area and the about the Native American tribe that once lived there. There is also a small bookstore. There were 2 rangers working there (one inside and one outside). The one inside at the register seemed a little gruff though the one outside was more helpful, had more energy, and was in a much better mood. He suggested to us to go get a brochure about the ruins which had information about what we were seeing on the short trail.

The ruins are pretty cool and quite large. Allow yourself at least a half hour to do the little walk around them. There are even some areas that you are allowed to enter and take pictures in the ruins. Pretty cool.

A neat detour about 30 mins out of Flagstaff. Definitely worth the time if you are into historical landmarks. Also, we were there the first week of December. It was a bit chilly but manageably cold.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank David E
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Flagstaff, Arizona
Level 3 Contributor
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“Ancient Native Americans in Northern Arizona”
Reviewed 1 December 2013

Wupatki is not one single location -- rather, there are multiple ruins spread out and one must drive from location to location to see and appreciate them all. There is a central location, which comprises the ruins of what was a well-organized and developed old Native American community.
Not to be missed in the northern Arizona desert, just east of Flagstaff. But be warned -- do not help yourself to an artifacts, as we have witnessed rangers arresting people for doing so, and that becomes a Federal offense.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank J H
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“Great ruins Off Hwy 89”
Reviewed 30 November 2013 via mobile

We stopped here travel king south from the Grand Canyon heading toward Flagstaff on Hwy 89 after seeing the Tusayun ruins in the Grand Canyon. The ruins are great and very accessible to all ages. Rangers in the visitors center were very knowledgeable.

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Hanalei, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2013

It is definitely worth the drive from Flagstaff. Incredible ruins. As another reviewer wrote, do it early in the morning unless you make the trip in the winter. Elevation notwithstanding, it will be hot, and there is no cover as you tour the ruins.

Visited December 2012
3 Thank David O
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