Wupatki Native American Indian Ruins are worth the drive from Flagstaff to see. The Hopi buildings and surrounding community are well preserved. Check out the blowhole by the ball park while you are here. It is a blast of cold air.
Archaeologists believe the Wupatki Pueblo was home to more than 2,000 people during the 1100’s. It was a large farming community surrounded by small dwellings. Wupatki became a National Monument back in the 1920’s.
If you are visiting this area you should also check out Sunset Crater. Your fee covers admittance to Sunset Crater, which is about 18 miles away.
If you drive around this 15 mile area there are several small Native American Ruins that can also be viewed. Because of its size, Wupatki is believed to be an important part of Hopi history and was probably a gathering place for many smaller communities.
Wupatki Overlook and Trail
At Wupatki you can see the ruins from the overlook and follow the path around the main buildings, ceremonial community room, ballpark and the blowhole. Parts of the building and the ball court have been reconstructed to preserve and reinforce the structure.
This is a great place to see a piece of Arizona history because you are able to walk right next to the structures and get a good idea of how life must have been years ago.
If you walk down towards the ball court there is a blowhole to the right. We thought this was very cool, the air coming out of the ground is like standing in front of an air conditioner. It is caused by a crevice in the earth’s crust.