Wupatki National Monument

#5 in Best Things To Do in Flagstaff
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25137 N Wupatki Loop Rd.


Monuments and Memorials, Recreation, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Established in 1924, the Wupatki National Monument – part of a collective of Flagstaff Area National Monuments, including Sunset Crater Volcano and Walnut Canyon – is a nature and culture preserve. Ancient peoples once inhabited the area, leaving behind their pueblos, or villages, when they moved on. Today, travelers can hike through the park's red rocks, pausing at the village ruins along the way and learning about the day-to-day lives of the people who once called Wupatki home.

Visitors recommend stopping by the visitor center to pick up information on the park and the ancient peoples before heading out on your walking tour. Travelers also recommend bringing plenty of water no matter what time of year you're visiting. 

The Wupatki National Monument is open daily from sunrise to sunset. You'll find it about 40 miles northeast of Flagstaff central. The park charges $20 for a private vehicle entrance, and $10 each for those entering the park on foot or bicycle. Keep in mind that this entrance fee, which is valid for seven days, will also give you access to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. For more information, visit the Wupatki National Monument's website.

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