The Wupatki National Monument features more than 800 identified ruins spread around the area, five of which are open to the public, namely the Wupatki, Wukoki, Lomaki, Citadel and Nalakihu settlements.
The Wupatki Pueblo is a three-story structure with over 100 rooms that was once home to more than 300 people. Built on the edge of a small plateau with magnificent views over the Painted Desert, the ruins are reached by a short, paved trail beginning at the Visitor Center. The Wupatki Pueblo also features a circular community room, a masonry ballpark, and a natural blowhole.
The Wukoki Pueblo is built on an isolated block of sandstone and a unique structure in the park. Visible for miles across the flat terrain, the Wukoki Pueblo centered around a square, three-story tower with intricately-constructed rooms of deep-red brick off the side that seamlessly merge with the underlying Moenkopi rock.
Built on the edge of a shallow, vertical-walled canyon, the Lomaki Pueblo is reached by a short trail and boasts breathtaking views of the snow-capped the the San Francisco Peaks to the west. The pueblo’s buildings rest on horizontal, thin-layered strata of the local Moenkopi sandstone littered with fallen boulders that seamlessly merge with the crumbling masonry walls of the pueblo.
The Citadel and Nalakihu Pueblos are small, partly restored pueblos with views over the surrounding hillsides enclosed by flat walls.
Doney Mountain Trail
The Doney Mountain Trail begins at the Doney Mountain Picnic Area and winds around the extinct volcano whose smooth, barren hillside slopes are composed of red and black ash. Named after an early explorer and excavator of Indian artifacts, the Doney Mountain Trail passes the remains of a single-room lava-block dwelling with beautiful views of the San Francisco Peaks and the Little Colorado River valley. Things to Do in Flagstaff, Arizona: Wupatki National Monument - Photo: Fotoluminate LLC/Fotolia
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