Wupatki National Monument is in northern Arizona. Surrounded by desert and red rock, the San Francisco Peaks loom in the distance. Wupatki was established as a national monument in 1924 to preserve Puebloan villages which date back over 900 years. Visitors to the park can view the Pueblos during their visit as well as petroglyphs and much of the park’s geology.
While at the monument, take one of the self-guided trails to explore the pueblos including Wupatki, the monument’s largest pueblo. Ranger-guided hikes are offered during the summer and winter. On these guided hikes, visitors will be able to explore the pueblos as well as some areas that are typically closed off to monument visitors. The self-guided trails are about a half mile in length while the ranger-guided hikes are up to 20 miles round trip.
During your visit to the park, plan to bring layers of clothing. The weather can drastically change no matter the season. The area is prone to high winds. In the summer, temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit are common while in the winter there is a possibility of snow. There isn’t a campground at Wupatki National Monument, but there is a KOA located about 25 minutes away. The KOA is open year-round and accepts reservations.