• Wupatki Pueblo at sunset

    Wupatki

    National Monument Arizona

Weather

Storm over the desert

Storm over the desert.

NPS photo by Dallas Larsen.

Wupatki is high desert; at elevations of 4,280’ to 5,720’, weather conditions can be unpredictable. In general, here’s what you can expect:


Summer
: Dry and windy. Brief daily thunderstorms from July-September provide most of Wupatki’s annual 8” of precipitation. Daytime temperatures are in the 90s and occasionally over 100° F. Lows are normally in the 50s.


Fall
: Very pleasant, with mild to warm daytime temperatures, some precipitation, and light winds.


Winter
: Mostly mild daytime temperatures, and nights often below freezing. A few small snow showers.


Spring
: Unpredictable, and often windy. Mild to warm days, but occasional rain or small snow showers.


Did You Know?

Wupatki Pueblo and the blowhole

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.