On our vacation in Arizona we visited several national parks including Wupatki National Monument. Wupatki was definitely one of the highlights of the trip for me. I absolutely loved seeing the ruins, reading about the people who lived in the pueblo, and how the creation of the park impacted the people who lived in the area.
Wupatki is just outside of Flagstaff and very close to another national park, Sunset Crater where you can see 2 volcanoes that erupted hundreds of years ago.
Wupatki Pueblo was inhabited between 1100 and 1200. It has over 100 rooms, a tower, community room, and a ceremonial ball court.
I loved seeing the ruins. It's so interesting to see where people lived hundreds of years ago and imagine how they lived.
Probably the coolest thing was that my brother found a piece of pottery just laying there while he was walking around the trails. The park welcome center had a sign saying that they have left some things so people can "discover" them themselves.
This is the main village and namesake for the park, but there were several different villages in the park that you could visit. We stopped at another one that they called the "Citadel." It's a ruin from the late 1100s and is one of the larger pueblos at the park.
It consisted of 2 buildings, one at a lower level and one on a hill. When you climbed to the second building it had a great lookout point since you could see for a long ways (probably why they chose to build there) and had a great view of the mountains.
So beautiful! I loved visiting this park. If you're in the Flagstaff area or make a trip to the Grand Canyon I definitely recommend making a trip here!
Have you ever been to Wupatki National Park? What do you think of it from the pictures? Let me know in the comments!