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Wupatki ~"It was cut long"

Known as "footprints” of the ancestral clans of the Hopi peoples, Wupatki was where migrating clans met and merged. From roughly 400 to 1700, culture in the Southwest—a 300,000 square mile (777,000 sq km) area—was distinguished by farming, pottery, villages, pueblos, seasonal moves, and large scale migrations. Until the mid-1100s, the landscape of Wupatki remained a “frontier” between established groups of the Sinagua, Cohonina, and Kayenta. Although this is one of driest and warmiest climates, life still flourished.

Wupatki National Monument was established by President Calvin Coolidge on December 9, 1924, to preserve Citadel and Wupatki pueblos. Monument boundaries have been adjusted several times since then, and now include additional pueblos and other archeological resources on a total of 35,422 acres.

There are several sites to enjoy within the Wupatk National Monument. Wukoki Pueblo, Wupatki Pueblo (the largest), Citadel Pueblo, Nalakihu Pueblo, and Lomaki Pueblo's (several with the Box Canyon). Some you have to walk small trail, some are steep and some have steps, so these many be too difficult with folks with disabilites.

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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    I found it interesting to learn that the volcano was probably still active back in 1200, and that it had positive effects for farming in the area.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    I didn't know that there are such archaeological sites in Arizona... Thank you Dee for sharing!

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Nov 16, 2012 at 9:25 PM

      Thank you for stopping by! There many sites like these in Arizona, Nevada and California.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    What an interesting place to visit. Good information signs, but it sounds like the $1 trail guide is also worth to bring along on the walk around the site.

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Nov 16, 2012 at 9:25 PM

      Thank you for stopping by. The guide is very educational.

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    Great photos and history of a unique site. We packed a lot in during our one week stay in Flafstaff 2 years ago but I missed this one.

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Nov 9, 2012 at 7:05 AM

      Thank you for stopping by. If you ever get the opportunity again, this park will not disappoint you at all. It was so fascinating to see all the ruins.

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    This is so interesting. Amazing that it is so well preserved. I had never before heard about this. Thanks for sharing :D

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Nov 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      Thank you so much for visiting! This place is so unique because it is in the middle of nowhere practically. To me it is beautiful! Thanks again!


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