Wupatki National Monument



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Address:

HC33 Box444A
33 miles north of Flagstaff off U.S. 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Neighborhood:

Outside the city

Contact:

tel: 1+ 928 679-2349
fax: 1+ 928 526-4259

Hours:

Daily sunrise-sunset. Visitor center daily 9am-5pm

Strenuousness:

No Sweat

Description:

Located north of Flagstaff on Highway 89, the red sandstone cliffs of Wupatki National Monument loom over the high desert, welcoming travelers who continue to be drawn to its beauty and mystery. Anthropologists tell us that Wupatki served as an important Southwestern crossroads for thousands of years, playing host to numerous tribes and cultures. Today, the large ancient pueblo is a vivid reminder of the region's long history of human settlement and travel. Wupatki was established as a national monument by President Calvin Coolidge in 1924, preserving the five prehistoric pueblos that make up the site and the surrounding fragile desert landscape. Wupatki, the largest of the five pueblos, is located directly behind the visitor's center, and should not be missed. Don't forget to check out the "blowhole," a neat geological feature of Wupatki. While you're here, plan to make a stop at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, located a short drive south of Wupatki.

 




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