Wupatki National Monument



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

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.



Entrance Sign


Circular dance plaza
Wupatki Pueblo (1989)


Ball Court (Hohokam influence)

Dance Paza
Wupatki Pueblo


Wupatki Pueblo (2002)


Wupatki Pueblo

Dance Paza
Wupatki Pueblo (2002)


Wupatki Pueblo


Circular Dance Plaza (2002)

Masonry detail
Wupatki Pueblo

Wupatki Pueblo
View looking W-NW

Ball Court
Wupatki Pueblo


Wukoki Pueblo

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.


Wukoki Pueblo (1989)
(Sinagua Puebloans)


Wukoki Pueblo (2002)

San Fransisco Mountains looking SW from Wukoki Pueblo


Wukoki Pueblo

Wall detail
Wukoki Pueblo


Surveyors at Wukoki Pueblo


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.



Trail to Box Canyon Ruins


View to the east (?) along the trail to Box Canyon


Could be an unexcavated ruin


San Francisco Peaks


Colorful Lichen


Ruin on the north side of Box Canyon


Ruin on north side of Box Canyon


Ruin on south side of Box Canyon


Ruin on south side of Box Canyon

Box Canyon Ruins
Lomaki Pueblo can be seen in the distance on the right

The Citadel Ruin
View from Box Canyon Ruin


Lomaki Pueblo



Lomaki Pueblo


T-shaped doorway


Lomaki Pueblo


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