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Wupatki Ruins National Monument Trails - 14 members in 67 triplogs have rated this an average 3.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Feb 21 2022
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40 male
 Joined Jan 21 2013
 AZ
Wupatki Ruins National Monument TrailsFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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We had plans of a second summit at the Grand Canyon on Presidents Day, but the wind and cold had other ideas, so we opted for a long overdue visit to the Wupatki National Monument.

This place exceeded my expectations. The ruins were impressive and the backdrops spectacular with the Peaks in the background and the general beauty of the area. I think if I had to pick a couple, the most enjoyable stops for me were Lomaki, Box Canyon, and the Wukoki pueblos. The drive was also very scenic and I would recommend the full loop to see the lava flows. All of the ruins are easily accessed with minimal walking and developed trails.
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Aug 13 2021
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43 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Wupatki Ruins National Monument TrailsFlagstaff, AZ
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Get there early enough and you have may have some trails to yourself. I didn't see anyone else at Wukoki, Doney or Lomaki. Then I went outside the park boundaries to explore some other ruins in the area.
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Aug 29 2020
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66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Wupatki and Sunset Crater, AZ 
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Brother Rick picked this out for our outing day. He couldn't pronounce it so I said it Wupatki for him :lol: (remembering back to the day of learning how to say Aravaipa). We started with threatening weather and just as got down the stairs the rain came so we made a beeline back to the VC to sit under the awning until it passed. While there I asked the Ranger about the Crack in the Rock backpack trips. She said they hope to start again in October with the previous participants that couldn't go this spring. She pointed out to me where Crack in the Rock was as I really didn't know I could see it from there.

The rain subsided so we started anew. The brief rain had cooled the temperatures so we were glad of that as we made our way past the intricate ruins to the Ballcourt. Rick and I reminisced about our visit to a Ballcourt at Chichen Itza in 1974. We then made our way over to the Blow Hole but it wasn't blowing today; altho if you put your hand down in it you could feel the cold air. We made our way up and around the north side of the ruins. I grabbed some photos of the flora and interpretive signs.

Our next stop was the picnic area off the highway at the Painted Desert Overlook. It was pretty warm but we enjoyed our homemade sandwiches and I split a beer with Mia. It's a very nice area with tables and restrooms.

We stopped at the next pullout to the east of Sunset Crater. Views to O'Leary are on one side and the east side of the Crater on the other. I was surprised to see roads coming off of those side hills to the east of Sunset. The hillsides looked steep and slippery but I guess it would probably be great fun. I took pictures with my new phone and even though it has a nice zoom, the quality is not to the level of my camera as it's all in the optical, not the digital (phone has 5x, camera 30x).

Our last stop of this touristy day, was the west side of Sunset Crater. They have a path for you to walk around. Apparently the bridge entrance encountered some sort of damage that they are working on. It was a pretty day so the colors of the scenery really popped. Here I used both my camera and phone. I tried shooting a movie on the phone as it's supposed to be pretty good and it was. We very slowly made our way around the cement loop as my brother's wife couldn't do anymore at this time. Nonetheless, we enjoyed it and reading the interpretive signs.

You know many times we don't take the time to stop and enjoy what our state has to offer as we're on our way to/from some other destination so it was nice to do this and with family.
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Jul 26 2020
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 Joined Oct 19 2010
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Wupatki Ruins National Monument TrailsFlagstaff, AZ
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Nov 07 2019
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38 male
 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Wupatki Ruins National Monument TrailsFlagstaff, AZ
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Putting that freshly purchased national parks pass to use. The box canyon dwellings were intriguing, and, as the haz guide discusses, seeing the way the in place stones were incorporated into the wupatki structure is interesting.
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May 25 2019
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38 female
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Wupatki Ruins National Monument TrailsFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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May 24 2018
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69 female
 Joined Jan 21 2006
 Needles CA
Wupatki Ruins National Monument TrailsFlagstaff, AZ
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There's a lot to do around Flagstaff with the forest being closed. I have had many ideas. Decided to break out the road bike, since I hadn't ridden that one at all since September. Starting at the Wupatki Visitors' Center I rode a bit over 9 miles toward Sunset Crater. It was a very warm day, and I almost ran out of water. Coasting back down was easier in some ways, but my road bike isn't all that comfortable. Hard on my neck, wrists and hands. I want to eventually get a flat bar road bike with a configuration that doesn't hurt my neck. Someone told me I should ride this one until I get used to it. There is some truth to that, I've found. I am not used to it right now, but when I was living in Oregon last year I rode a lot and I did get used to it.

I didn't visit any of the ruins. The ride pretty much wiped me out. I've been to them before, anyway, including the Crack-in-Rock backpack.

I think I will go back and do the ride starting from 89 to the top of the really big hill, which I probably won't ride just yet. I will stop and visit those outlier ruins when I do that one.
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Dec 30 2016
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51 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Wupatki Ruins National Monument TrailsFlagstaff, AZ
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Pitstop #4 on trip to Southern Utah. I grew up in Flagstaff, but it's been probably 30 years since I'd been out to visit the Wupatki ruins. Coolest thing was the "blowhole," which I don't remember seeing when I was there last. We got there only about an hour before closing, so didn't have time (or daylight) to explore anything other than the main ruin site.
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Jun 09 2015
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 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Wupatki Ruins National Monument TrailsFlagstaff, AZ
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Hit all the trails at Wupatki with the kids. It's been several years since I was last there, so it was nice to see everything again.
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Jun 29 2014
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Wupatki Ruins National Monument TrailsFlagstaff, AZ
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Walked this path today with a group of Chinese students, as a part of my job. It was unusually warm. Well, let's say, it was hot.

Funny, I've done the Crack-in-Rock backpacking trip, but had never walked around Wupatki Pueblo! Interesting!
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Nov 02 2013
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 Mesa, AZ
Wupatki Ruins National Monument TrailsFlagstaff, AZ
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We entered the park via the entrance at Sunset Crater. We had hoped to climb the crater but found out "after paying" that Sunset Crater is closed for hiking. :sorrry: There is a smaller, less interesting crater (Lenox Crater) that is open for hiking. Its kind of like setting up a date with the hot girl and then her ugly cousin shows up. :yuck: I've seen many great places in this state, many more that would seem need protecting than this crater. Its just not that interesting. Fortunately, it will be preserved for future generations who will also not be able to see it. :stop:

We stopped at one of the ruins and walked around the trails, but not a lot of interest amongst our group, so we moved on along the road to Monument Valley.

This is incredibly beautiful land. I would rate this destination a 5, if not for the hiking restrictions that diminish your desire to explore.
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Jul 12 2013
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Wukoki is AMAZING. Lomaki takes some pretty nice photo shots too...


Wukoki Pueblo - 0.29mi, 54ft AEG
Citadel Pueblo - .25mi, 75ft AEG
Box Canyon & Lomaki Pueblo - 1mi, 100ft AEG
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Jun 27 2013
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Wupatki Ruins National Monument TrailsFlagstaff, AZ
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Jan 13 2013
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we were supposed to be cross-country skiing today, but the weather and our internal thermometers had diffing opinions, so we decided to take a scenic drive instead. this drive included many stops to see lava, snow, and ruins, and i was okay with that. ruins are not my favorite destination on a hike, but this was okay. between scenic destinations, we were kept warm by the heater in the truck. we ended up at the lumberyard brewery where i had mac & cheese with a side of mac & cheese. so good.
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Dec 17 2012
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Checked out all 3 sites. Weather was great (albeit a tad chilly with the wind), and though Flagstaff was socked in, we had a clear, beautiful view of the peaks.
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May 21 2012
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On our way back from N Rim we stopped and checked out Box Canyon and Lomaki ruins. Very nice.
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Apr 29 2012
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With a morning temperature of 30 degrees, I was quick to get out of the tent and get moving. Drove past Sunset Crater to Wupatki, and explored a few sets of ruins. Pretty interesting place, with some incredible views!
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Outstanding....
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