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Wupatki Ruins National Monument TrailsFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2009
tibber
Hiking0.50 Miles 775 AEG
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775 ft AEG
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According to NPS site, less than 800 yrs ago Wuptaki Pueblo was the largest pueblo around: This stop was the third of our 3 Ruin Tour (Chinle Wash to Comb Ridge Anasazi cliff dwelling, Navajo Nat'l Monument Sandal Trail to viewpoint of Betatakin cliff dwelling).

Mrs. Smith (Anne) was in charge of reading the interpretive guide as Wendy and I walked along this trail and took pictures. There are definitely some very interesting areas i.e. the fire shaft set up for an indoor fire, the a/c system (Blowhole) at the bottom of the hill, the large boulders they just included as part of their houses.

It was VERY windy here so we had fun trying to stand up against it at times. From here Wendy drove us back to the main highway (89) via Sunset Crater Volcano. That is really something as well. We drove up to the Cinder Hills Overlook where we tried to take pictures while gale force winds tried to blow us back into the truck. I literally was blown back a couple times. There is a Lava Flow Trail that looks like it would be lots of fun to trek as well as Lenox Crater Trail where you can climb a cinder cone.
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