|Distance||0.5 miles roundtrip|
- Cool pueblos on the edge of a canyon
- Walking inside the rooms of Lomaki Pueblo
Lomaki and Box Canyon Pueblos are the closest ruins to U.S. Highway 89 and will either be your first or last stop in Wupatki National Monument depending on which way you came. This short trail is lined with interpretive signs, sort of like an outdoor museum, to teach you more about the people who survived here in the desolate Colorado Plateau of Northern Arizona. On a clear day, you can see some of the neighboring ruins in addition to the San Francisco Peaks in the distance.
There's only one trail here, so begin following the wide gravel path north. Shortly after starting, you'll see the two Box Canyon Pueblos built right against the steep walls, as pictured below. During summer monsoons, the Sinagua who lived in these pueblos would build small dams to collect rainwater when flash floods created a river in the canyon. They also used this narrow area for agriculture, which was easy to protect from invading people and wildlife.
Dogs are not allowed on any trails in the park; it's best to leave your dog at home since desert temperatures can kill dogs waiting in cars. This is an excellent hike for the whole family since it is short and educational, just make sure to keep kids away from the fragile ruins and the edges of Box Canyon. You can visit during any season, but be prepared for wind. In the summer, temperatures can exceed 100 degrees and afternoon thunderstorms are common. Winter and early spring may bring snow, but not nearly as much as in nearby Flagstaff. You will likely see other people here.
From Flagstaff, take Interstate 40 east. Take the exit for U.S. Highway 89, then turn left. Turn right onto U.S. Highway 89. Continue straight on U.S. Highway 89 for about 26 miles, turning right near mile marker 444, as indicated by a brown sign for Wupatki National Monument. Watch for a sign for Box Canyon Pueblo and turn left. Park in the lot at the end of the road.
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Parking, Fees, and Facilities
Entrance fees cost $25 per vehicle, which permits access for 7 days to both Wupatki National Monument and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. Interagency passes are also honored here. Visit the park's fees page for more information.
There are pit toilets and picnic tables here. Continue to Wupatki National Monument's staffed visitor center for flush toilets and water in addition to educational exhibits and a gift shop.