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“A Slice of History”

Wupatki National Monument
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Private Grand Canyon Complete Tour with Ancient ruins and lava field
Ranked #2 of 103 things to do in Flagstaff
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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.
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“A Slice of History”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

We debated about stopping here because it was a bit out of the way for us, but I'm glad we finally decided to do so. There were several pueblos to stop and look at, with the final one we got to, Wukoki, being breathtaking. If you're a fan of history, you will want to try to get this park on your itinerary. The staff is helpful and friendly, and it was not overly crowded despite being peak tourist season - maybe we were just lucky. The whole place is full-sun, though, so pack your hat and plenty of water if you're going to stop and hike to all the pueblos!

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Tricia M
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New Mexico
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“Lovely views, nice short hike, terrific ruins”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

Although the website doesn't say so, you should wear sturdy hiking shoes to reach the petroglyphs. The trail there was doable, even by a bumblefoot like me, but I wouldn't want to try it in flip-flops.

There is no fee, but this is a Red Rock area, so you'll need either a Red Rock parking pass, or your Interagency (national parks) pass.

Visited February 2014
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Nashville, TN
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“Great Opportunity to See Five Ancient Pueblos”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

Wupatki National Monument is a great opportunity to see five ancient pueblos. The park actually has four different sites to explore 5 pueblos – Lomaki, Citadel and Nalakihu, Wupatki, and Wukoki. The leisurely loop road through the park has parking areas at the 4 sites, and it’s just a short walk to each one. The park visitor center sits directly in front of Wupatki which can only be visited when the center is open, but the other pueblos can be visited anytime from sunrise to sunset. Be sure to notice the views of Humphreys Peak, and stop to appreciate the beauty of the blue-collared lizards. If short on time, check out the park website prior to visiting to select the pueblos that you don’t want to miss.

Visited May 2014
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Bozeman, Montana
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“Amazing, a must see!”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

I highly recommend Wupatki National Monument. The drive itself is incredible through the lava flow, and there are places you can get out and walk through it, and viewing for sunset crater. You can drive right up to the Wupatki monument and a short path takes you to the ruins. One of the ruins you can walk into and explore, its an amazing experience for anyone!

Visited May 2014
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Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
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“Winds stream through your hair . . .”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

. . . at Wupatki National Monument there is a continual breeze, often cool, frequently laden with showers and snowfall. Located in the perfect place to receive precipitation from the San Francisco Peak weather pattern, Wupatki has a wonderful museum detailing early SW man life. A short, pleasant drive from Flagstaff, easy to find and easier to enjoy. Well preserved and better explained . . . don't miss it!

Visited July 2013
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