"Beautiful Ruins, Stunning Landscape" Top 5 Page for this destination Wupatki National Monument by Jonathan_C

Wupatki National Monument Travel Guide: 87 reviews and 391 photos

Eight hundred years ago, this pueblo was a flourishing community of perhaps 80-100 people with about 1000 neighbors within a day's walk. Extended trade networks brought them turquoise, shells, copper bells and Mexican parrots. Fields of drought resistant corn and squash were tended with water from nearby springs and seeps. Prayers for rain were many and locals often consulted the sacred blowhole through which the Earth breathed in and out foretelling changes in the weather. Lenticular clouds over the mountains or heat waves over the desert all spoke to the dryland farmers who lived here.

Ceremonial gatherings took place at the nearby ball court adopted from the Hohokom culture to the south. Others were held in the semi-subterranean kiva, each participant re-enacting the birth of man as he crawled out of the roof-hole into the sunshine. Leisure time was filled story telling, song and dance, decorative crafts or perhaps hikes up the hill for spectacular views south-westward to the snow covered San Francisco peaks or eastward to the great expanse of the Painted Desert.

This is the world that once was at Wupatki. A trip to this beautiful spot will awaken you to a world few Americans know about. Sit down amongst these still sacred stones and close your eyes -- they have many stories to tell to those who are willing to listen.

Excellent Web Sites

You owe it to yourself to get a little educated about Wupatki before you come. I have found the following two websites to be excellent sources of information:



  • Last visit to Wupatki National Monument: May 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    another nice informative page on a less known attraction. you are a family that travels the road less traveled :-)

  • Jul 15, 2005 at 10:27 AM

    Arizona is one of the nicest places in the US to explore! Wonderful pictures!

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2005 at 4:41 AM

    Evocative intro has be looking forward to my next camping trip west.

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2004 at 10:32 AM

    Ah yes, to walk like a Sinaguan:-] Wonder if they had Indian tacos back then;-]

  • zrim's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2004 at 11:15 AM

    Wupatki and Sunset Crater make for a great day of adventure. I loved gazing at the ruins trying my best to imagine what life was like centuries ago in this harsh climate.


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