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?
The San Francisco Peaks, backdrop for Flagstaff and much of northern Arizona, were named in 1629 by Franciscan missionaries in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. This was more than 200 years before what was then a small town in California acquired a similar name.