Directions & Transportation

Map of the Wupatki-Sunset Crater Volcano Scenic Loop Road.

Driving Directions

From Flagstaff take US-89 north for 12 miles (19 km). Turn right at the sign for Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki National Monuments. The Wupatki Visitor Center is 21 miles (34 km) from this junction. The drive time from Flagstaff to the Wupatki Visitor Center is 45–60 minutes.

Wupatki National Monument is located along a 34-mile scenic loop road through open meadows, beautiful ponderosa pine trees, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, juniper grasslands with views of the Painted Desert, and the open red rock landscape of the Wupatki Basin. Drive time along the loop road is about one hour.


GPS Notice

GPS is frequently unreliable in rural Arizona. Many devices direct visitors to our administrative offices or to rough, dirt roads through the forest. If you are not in a high clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicle, you should avoid any unfamiliar roads that are not paved. The Wupatki Visitor Center is located at 25137 N. Wupatki Loop Road, Flagstaff AZ, 86004.



These maps may help you find your way to and through the monument.

The snow-capped San Francisco Peaks tower over the Wupatki Basin grassland.

NPS / H. Rich


By Plane

Commercial airports serve Phoenix, Las Vegas, Flagstaff, and Tusayan.

By Public or Commercial Transportation

There is no public transportation into the park. The Flagstaff Convention and Visitors Bureau has information on commercial tours to Wupatki.

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