NPS photo by Dallas Larsen.
The geologic story of Wupatki is closely linked to that of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, located 18 miles to the south. Click here for an overview of both.
Cinders from the eruption of nearby Sunset Crater Volcano blanket parts of Wupatki National Monument. Click here to read the research report.
Did You Know?
Dr. Harold S. Colton, co-founder of the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, was instrumental in the establishment of Wupatki National Monument in 1924. His work at Wupatki was influential in Flagstaff area archeology, and he was responsible for the name "Sinagua" assigned to local cultures.