Walk in the footsteps of the Native American tribes who built their pueblos in the deserts of the American Southwest at Wupatki National Monument. For thousands of years, tribes like the Anasazi and Sinagua lived in these rugged deserts, and among the myriad pueblos left behind is Wupatki Ruin, one of the largest and most elaborate in the region. It was three stories tall and had almost 100 rooms when the Sinagua people built it about 800 years ago. Along with exploring the ruins of a dozen pueblo villages, visitors can also hike the easy Doney Mountain Trail to the top of a volcanic cinder cone, and the visitor center has exhibits describing the culture and history of the people that lived here.
Wupatki National Monument is about 45 miles to the northeast of Flagstaff and about 65 miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The park is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Christmas. Admission costs $20 per vehicle, and that includes entry to both Wupatki and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monuments.