Guided Tours

Snapshots from our back country hikes.

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Wupatki National Monument offers a variety of guided hikes from October through April. These hikes range from moderate to very strenuous, and can last anywhere from two hours to two days. Come experience all that Wupatki has to offer.

Guided hikes provide the only public access to many areas of the monument. These areas are home to a rich cultural and biological landscape. In order to preserve these sensitive areas, hikes are limited in size and follow strict Leave No Trace principles. GPS devices are not permitted. Reservations are required for all guided hikes.

Crack in Rock hikes are very strenuous two day hikes that explore deep into the Wupatki back country. Discovery Hikes are short day hikes offered on some Saturdays from November through March. Frequency of hikes will vary depending on available staffing. There is an additional fee for some of the hikes.

Looking to explore, but not interested in a guided tour? Check out the neighboring Coconino National Forest.

Discovery Hikes

Winter Discovery Hikes

Guided Discovery Hikes take place on Saturdays from November through March. Discover the archeological sites, petroglyphs, geology, flora, and fauna that make Wupatki National Monument a beautiful place. Hikes are 3-4 miles on moderate terrain. Wupatki is typically 10 degrees warmer than Flagstaff. Wear hiking boots and dress in layers. Bring a snack and at least 2 quarts of water.

All hikes leave from the Wupatki Visitor Center at 12 p.m. Entrance fees apply.

Reservations are required, and group size is limited to 4 people per reservation (12 people max on each hike). Please call the visitor center at 928-679-2365 or 928-856-1705 to reserve your spot.

Kaibab House 2.6 mi round trip
2.5 - 3 hours
Moderate - cross country walking
over rocky surfaces, some hills.
Pueblo Architecture, Petroglyphs, Grasslands
4/1/23 Antelope House 2.7 miles round trip
3 - 3.5 hours
Moderate - cross country walking
over rocky surfaces, some hills.
Pueblo Architecture, Historic Ranching Camps, Red Rock Geology
East Mesa 1.3 miles round trip
2 - 2.5 hours
Moderate - cross country walking
over rocky surfaces, some hills
Pueblo Architecture, Petroglyphs, Grasslands, Fire Ecology
Petroglyph on the Crack in Rock hike
Crack-in-Rock - April and October

The Crack-in-Rock hike is a two-day (one overnight), strenuous Ranger guided hike into the Wupatki backcountry. Hikes are offered on some weekends in April and October. The number of hikes conducted is dependant on staffing capacity. Group size is limited to preserve these fragile resources, and the hike participants are selected by random lottery. Applications are taken for April hikes starting in February and starting in August for the October hikes. All applications will be taken through an online form which will be posted at those time. For any other questions please contact the visitor center at 928-679-2365. More. . .

Last updated: March 8, 2023

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6400 U.S. 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004


928-679-2365 or 928-856-1705

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