|Distance||0.2 miles roundtrip|
- Walking in and around the remainder of an ancient stone pueblo
- Expansive desert views
If you're coming from Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Wukoki Pueblo will be the first ruins you see in Wupatki National Monument. The Hopi word "wukoki" translates to "big house", and this building of 6-7 rooms housed up to three families of the ancestors of the Hopi tribe from the 1100s to the 1200s. While it's not as large as the park's namesake Wupatki Pueblo, the craftsmanship of the pueblo is remarkable and certainly worth a visit.
To start the hike, simply follow the wheelchair accessible, hard-packed gravel trail pictured below to the rock slab forming the base of the pueblo, then ascend the few stone steps to start your exploration of the ruins.
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's so short; kids will love going inside the stone ruins, just make sure kids do not touch or trample any walls. The trail is wheelchair accessible up right up to the base of the pueblo, but stairs are required to go up and inside the ruins. 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. Expect to see people here no matter when you visit.
From Flagstaff, take Interstate 40 east. Take the exit for U.S. Highway 89, then turn left. Turn right onto U.S. Highway 89. Take the entire scenic loop road through Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and Wupatki National Monument by turning right at the brown sign pointing to those two parks after about 12 miles, then turn right onto the road labeled for Wukoki Pueblo just before the visitor center.
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Parking, Fees, and Facilities
Entrance to the park is $25 per vehicle and 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 here, and the staffed visitor center further down the road has flush toilets and water in addition to educational exhibits and a gift shop.