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This area is part of a 2,200 square mile volcanic field near Flagstaff with more than 400 cinder cones. Sunset Crater is the youngest volcano; it exploded in AD 1065 and blanketed the entire region in thick, moisture preserving ash. Different prehistoric societies moved here to take advantage of the suddenly rich soil, so the area became a trading crossroads. More than 800 ruins – the homes and villages of the Sinagua and Ancestral Puebloans – have been found in this immediate area, and are now protected as Wupatki National Monument.


Key Attractions


  • Camping - Bonito Campground is located across from the visitor center at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Approximately 20 miles from Wupatki (Open late May - mid-October)

  • Visitor Center - ranger guides and hikes, museum, exhibits of the people that have inhabited the area for thousands of years

  • Wupatki Pueblo - largest pueblo in the Flagstaff area, half-mile hike




Located near Flagstaff, AZ. From Flagstaff, take US 89 north for 12 miles (19km). Turn right at sign for Sunset Crater Volcano - Wupatki National Monuments. The visitor center is 21 miles (34 km) from this junction.


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