Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monuments Scenic Drive Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop Road Arizona

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Wupatki National Monument houses the remains of one of the largest, ancient Native American settlements in the US. The Wupatki Pueblo Trail, a half … See more

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May 30, 2024
Beautiful in an eerie sort of way. Reminded me of seeing the volcano areas in Hawaii many years ago. The loop road brings you to Sunset Crater and Wupatki, highly recommend taking it. Water is a… Full review by Mary C
May 30, 2024
A very interesting place to visit. The loop drive brought me to many interesting places. I liked the blowhole the best if I had to choose one thing. Views were great! Full review by Mary C
May 26, 2024
I had no idea there was a volcano Arizona!! As you enter the park you can see evidence of a previous wildfire. As you go further into the park it’s even more evident. The trails were not well marke… Full review by 933kristig

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Is there an entry and/or parking fee?
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$25 per vehicle or included with America the Beautiful pass. See National Park Service website for more info.
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Do you need a tour guide for this trip or can you do it on your own?
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It’s great to stop at the Visitor’s Center first. There are excellent interpretive displays that were redone just a couple of years ago. The information will help you learn about the area …
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It’s great to stop at the Visitor’s Center first. There are excellent interpretive displays that were redone just a couple of years ago. The information will help you learn about the area and the people who lived there at the time these structures were built, as well as the history of the National monument. The main ruins are accessed through the Visitor’s Center. There are printed trail guides for a self guided experience. There are several sites to visit in the monument but my personal favorite is Wukoki. It has not been restored but you can still walk right up to it, around it and in some of the rooms. It does not get as many visitors. The most beautiful feature is a “patio” of stone with a spectacular view of the San Francisco Peaks. It is quite magical when you are there alone in the early morning or late afternoon. When there is a breeze, I almost feel like I can hear the whispers of the ancient ones, and I am not a very mystical person.
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My partner is hoping to get many pictures in the area. He is hoping to get a few pictures of some cactus’s. Are there …
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My partner is hoping to get many pictures in the area. He is hoping to get a few pictures of some cactus’s. Are there any in this area?
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Yes and no. The big cacti don’t grow above certain elevations. You will find the prickly pear cacti though. The bigger plants are found closer to Phoenix.
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can you use your national senor car on this trip
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Definitely
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Kid friendly?
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Yes - very kid friendly. Bring water and snacks and make sure they wear hats & sunscreen if its sunny.
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