Wupatki National Monument in Arizona (2016)

Walk among ancient pueblo ruins at Wupatki National Monument near Flagstaff, Arizona.

Wupatki National Monument in Arizona (2016)
Pueblo ruins at Wupatki National Monument

Wupatki National Monument is home to a number of ancient Pueblo ruins. Located north of Flagstaff on Highway 89, this site offers a mind-blowing experience for lovers of history and ancient civilizations. That any people could survive in this harsh landscape - and leave behind impressive buildings that would withstand hundreds of years of desert weather - is truly impressive.

We visited this site in June 2016, but it was unfortunately a short visit. In fact, we found Wupatki National Monument on accident - we had come to visit the adjacent Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and happened to notice a sign for Wupatki National Monument. We would love to have explored a lot more, but the temperatures were already in the 90s that day and Debra had both of her dogs with her in the car.

Still, even with a short visit, this site provided an amazing peek into the lives of an ancient people.