• 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?

photo of fairy shrimp

Arizona has more fairy shrimp than any other state except California. Three species of fairy shrimp, a single tadpole shrimp species, and a single clam shrimp species are found in the ephemeral pools and prehistoric impoundments at Wupatki National Monument.