Wupatki National Monument contains the ruins of five pueblos: Wukoki Pueblo, Wupatki Pueblo, Lomaki Pueblo, Citadel Pueblo and Nalakihu Pueblo. The Box Canyon dwellings are located near the Lomaki Pueblo.
All are located near Loop Road except the Wukoki Pueblo, which can be reached by a short drive. It is well worth the extra time, but keep in mind that this pueblo is not accessible by wheelchair and pets are not allowed on trails.
Respect the area. Don't collect anything and don't leave anything behind. Do not climb on the pueblo walls or boulders around the pueblos.
Fall through spring is the best time to visit. Spring provides wildflower blooms and fall offers a display of colorful foliage.
As in all Arizona travel, bring plenty of water and sunscreen. There is not a lot of shade on these trails; so bring a wide
brimmed hat and a good pair of sun glasses.
Overnight camping is permitted at Bonito Campground, located near the Visitor's Center in Sunset Crater National Monument (located just to the south on Loop Road).
Based on pottery and other artifacts found on-site, it is estimated that the pueblos were occupied between
1120 and 1210 AD. Hopi, Navajo and Zuni are believed to be modern day descendents of those who occupied these pueblos.
1941 and 1954 brought some stabilization and reinforcement construction to the pueblos; other than that they remain as they were in ancient times1.
Wupatki Pueblo served as a multi-story building. Construction materials included sandstone slabs, limestone blocks and basalt set with clay based mortar. These buildings have stood
for over 700 years.
I love clouds and the weather was in my favor the day I took this trip. They definitely created a magnificent backdrop.
Thunderheads form on hot summer afternoons, but do not always bring the badly needed rain.
Photo Below Center: Citadel Pueblo as seen from Loop Road.