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 sites at Wupatki were first described by Lorenzo Sitgreaves during his expedition in 1851. Camping near Wupatki Pueblo, he recorded that the sites must have been the remains of a large town covering 8 or 9 miles, and that the pottery was thickly strewn over the ground.