These Old Walls Can Speak
Wupatki National Monument preserves dozens of ancestral Puebloan villages. Though silence reigns today, this place was once a bustling hub of trade and life. People of the Northern Sinagua, Cohonina, Kayenta, and Hohokam archeological culture groups planted corns, beans, squash, and cotton among these seemingly barren hills and washes. Where many now see only dirt and hear only wind, ancient Native American people lived, raised children, and thrived. Wupatki is not as silent as it seems. Walls can talk, and if you linger long enough to listen, these teach many lessons.
Hours of Operation
The visitor center is open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. every day except December 25. You can find more details at our Operating Hours & Seasons page.
For each vehicle, $20.00 covers the entry to both Wupatki and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monuments. Motorcycles may enter for $15.00, and the entry fee for bicyclists and pedestrians is $10.00. You can learn about annual passes and fee-free days on our Fees & Passes pages.
Be prepared for variable and extreme weather conditions. You may expect:
Dress in layers, because Wupatki weather can change quickly at any time of year. Check with the National Weather Service for current conditions.
Because the pueblos are ancient and fragile, pets are not permitted on any trails. Pets are also not allowed in park buildings.
We welcome your pets in parking lots on leashes six feet (1.8 m) long or shorter. Please, never leave your pet in a vehicle, as desert temperatures can quickly cause heat stroke and death.
Last updated: May 8, 2016