Banner image: Lomaki Pueblo, courtesy of the NPS
Wupatki National Monument provides access to several very well preserved masonry pueblo sites, including Wupatki, Wukoki, Citadel, Nalakihu, Box Canyon, and Lomaki Pueblos. Wupatki Pueblo features several impressive examples of Ancestral Pueblo architecture, including preserved multistory room blocks and a masonry ballcourt. The Visitor Center includes a museum about regional archaeological cultures.
The area has long been a cultural crossroads. The community reached its zenith in the 1100s, when the landscape was most densely populated. Farmers took advantage of the cinder-rich soils resulting from the earlier eruption of Sunset Crater volcano. People left the region by 1250.