Imagine hiking only half a mile through 800 years of history. Wupatki National Monument is home to some incredible ... More
Wupatki National Monument
Imagine hiking only half a mile through 800 years of history. Wupatki National Monument is home to some incredible prehistoric pueblos built by early wizards of masonry; the American Indians who once farmed this rugged terrain. Three trails each promise unique and rewarding sights within this self-guided scenic park. Visitors can picnic atop a cinder cone and enjoy panoramic views from Doney Mountain Trail. Bring your hiking shoes, camera, and quest for adventure. A visitors' center offers exhibits and restrooms. The USD3 park admission fee is also redeemable at Sunset Crater Volcano Monument.
We entered the park via the South 89 entrance and went to see thesunset crater. The lava rocks were awesome. The 1 mile rim tril was easy. Wethen drove north to the monumnts. Because the sun was seting we did no see the ruins.
Great place to see among many in the area.-
But another, if time permits is a day trip (bring drinks & a lunch) - down to see the very awesome Mogollon rim to the so. e. of Flagstaff. Ask the locals for directions. This scenic area is just breathtaking and you'll not forget it. Watch for various fossils while up there on the rim. I once found many petrified sea shells and a camel knee joint in the roots of an up-turned dead Ponderosa tree. Elevation there, about six thousand ft. so its a summertime trip to make. former res. W.E.
Ruins of the Indian Pueblo are large and intricate.
They are the largest Indian ruins I have seen since visiting MesaVerde National Park in Colorado.
Warning: the road is gravel for almost two-thirds of the 35 mile journey through the park. Most of the gravel road is pretty good, but some parts require going extra slow, especially during up/down portions.
That said, I thought the trip was worth it. These ruins date from around 1100AD. This pueblo, Wupatki,
was at a crossroads of travel between western Arizona
and eastern New Mexico tribes, as well as commerce and travel from the present day US down into Mexico. They
traded with the Aztecs and other tribes in MesoAmerica.
There are incredible vistas and views almost wherever you look from the road.
This monument has several well-preserved ruins spread out in it, all of which you are allowed to walk in and around. They are awe-inspiring, as are the desert views from them. Even in September, the heat was oppressive, however, so dress light and carry water!
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