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Wupatki National Monument

Wupatki is a Hopi word which means "tall house." It contains over 2500 documented sites, scattered across 56 square miles. It contains impressive dwellings which were inhabited in the 12th and 13th centuries. The largest of these is Wupatki with its ball court. This is a multi story ruin with over 100 rooms. A ball court and blowhole are located nearby.

Citadel: One of the most impressive ruins in the park is the Citadel. The Citadel is a fortress which stands atop a hill with a large sink behind it. The ruin is reached by a short path which leads from the parking lot up the hill to the Fortress.

Wukoki: Wukoki is a 3 story ruin located 2-3 miles from Wupatki ruin. It is accessible via a path from a parking lot.

Lomaki: Some of the ruins such as Lomaki stand on the edge of earth cracks. While these resemble small canyons and or washes they are fractures in the Kaibab limestone which are usually associated with volcanoes and earthquakes.

Doney Mountain Trail: A short hike (0.5 miles each way) leads from a picnic trail to a view point.

Wupatki: This is the largest ruin in the park. Wupatki Ruin is several stories high and has over 100 rooms. A ball court, blowhole, and the Park headquarters are also located here. Depending on the air pressure of the blowhole, it will either be exhaling or inhaling air. A short paved trail leads from the Visitors Center to Wupatki and continues on to the ball court and blowhole. Brochures are available for self guided tours.

Crack in Rock: Another ruin, Crack in Rock, can only be accessed with permission from the Park Service. Near this site are a number of petroglyph sites.

Location: The Park entrance is located in Northern Arizona about 30 miles north of Flagstaff in the badlands just off of Highway 89. Park headquarters are located about 14 miles from US 89. Admission at either entrance is for both Sunset Crater National Monument and Wupatki National Monument.


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