If you're into ancestral puebloans, then Wupatki National Monument is the place for you. Actually it's just one of many places for you, but we'll stick with Wupatki for now. Wupatki is a Sinagua Puebloan settlement. The Sinagua Puebloans occupied a large portion and north central Arizona. Walnut Canyon and Montezuma Castle were additional Sinagua settlements. Take US Hwy 89 north from Flagstaff for 12 miles and turn right onto the Loop Road (AZ 395?) to get to Wupatki. There are several ruins within the National Monument. I photographed 4 of them (1989, 2002).
Wupatki Pueblo is the largest of the ruins in the Monument, with over 100 rooms. There is also a ball court similar to those built by the Hohocam Puebloans further south, and a dance plaza.
Wukoki Pueblo is located about 3 miles to the east of Wupatki Pueblo and is built on a sandstone outcropping, with a 360° view of the surrounding area.
Box Canyon Ruins
Driving north and west on the Loop Road from Wupatki Visitor Center you will first pass a parking area and trailhead on the left leading to the Citadel and Nalakihu Pueblos and shortly after come to a parking area on the right with the trailhead to the Box Canyon ruins and Lomaki Pueblo.
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