Designated by President Coolidge in 1924 as a National Monument, this 35,000 acre park contains beautiful red rock formations where Pre-Columbian cultures built extensive pueblo villages. Much excavation has been accomplished and walls of pueblos and kivas restored, with an interesting visitor center and interpretive museum. This area was occupied for 10,000 years. The eruption of the Sunset Crater Volcano in the mid eleventh century blanketed the area with ash, which caused the people to move. Later, they discovered the beneficial effects of the volcanic ash on farm lands, and they returned in large numbers. They built the largest pueblo in the area, with other smaller villages and pit-houses nearby. By 1250, their stay at Wupatki came to an end, and they moved on. Wupatki and Sunset Crater are situated on opposite ends of the the loop drive from which you can access most features of the park.dpom'y miss the amazing lava fields of Sunset Crater Volcano, and visit this visitor center for an educational presentation about volcanos.
Latitude: 35.52 Longitude: -111.37293 Elevation: 4938 ft
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Interests and Areas of Expertise
Ron is the Chair of the Arizona Archaeological Society, a group of professional and avocational archaeologists which was founded in 1964. It now has 12 Chapters throughout the state, with over 600 members. Members of the Society have worked in several of the sites nominated as well as in many sites elsewhere in Arizona, and continues to support the land managers with maintenance and preservation crew help when called upon. They are avid travelers throughout the southwest and never miss an opportunity to visit a new site or enjoy a new study opportunity. Many Arizona parks and museums in Arizona take advantage of these volunteers to do docent work as well as other tasks requiring knowledgeable, enthusiastic archaeology advocates.
Hours OpenRoads and trails, daylight to dark. Visitor center 9:00 to 5:00 daily except Dec. 25.
Time Period RepresentedPrimary building in 12th century. Abandoned by 1250.
Seasons Openyear round
Visitor Fees$5 individual.
ADA Accessibility Notes
Visitor center and some trails at Wupatki Pueblo are accessible.
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets in parking lot only.