Arizona March 22, 2019
There’s A Hike In Arizona That Leads You Straight To An Abandoned Village
One of the greatest things about living in Arizona is that history and nature often converge. You can hike through the high desert to an abandoned Puebloan village, learning about the ancient peoples who once inhabited it with every step. Check it out:
Nestled in the high desert near Flagstaff, Wupatki National Monument sits on a whopping 35,000 acres of land.
It was once the tallest, richest, and most influential pueblo around, with many different groups of native peoples making their homes here throughout history.
Hikes range in length from a couple of hours to several days and are only offered via guided tours. Reservations are required and group size is limited to 12 people.
Next month is the last opportunity to explore this enchanting place until November.
Three separate hikes each feature different aspects of the site, from ancient Puebloan architecture to surprisingly well-preserved petroglyphs.
There are three separate trails, all rated as moderately difficult.
Rocky surfaces and some hills are to be expected, so wear appropriate shoes, dress comfortable, and don't forget to bring water.
In addition to these three trails, another unforgettable excursion is the Crack-in-Rock hike, held on weekends during April and October. It's an overnight, cross-country backpacking trip that takes participants into areas of the park not open for public access.
Spanning nearly 20 miles, the hike is undeniably strenuous, but so worth the effort.
Led by both a ranger and expert on Puebloan culture, it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience that history buffs, architecture enthusiasts, and anyone who just loves exploring cool places wouldn't dream of passing up.
Reservations for the Crack-in Rock hike are highly coveted, so a lottery system is used to select who gets to embark on this adventure.
Unfortunately, the April trip has been canceled due to low staffing; however, applications for October adventures will be accepted through July 31st, 2019, so don’t wait to submit yours! Contact the visitor center at 928-679-2365 to enter your name.
With its vast desert night skies and minimal light pollution, the monument is a haven for shutterbugs and stargazers. Nothing quite compares to the utter serenity that standing beneath trillions of twinkling celestial bodies evokes.
For more information, check out the park’s official
Have you ever hiked to Wupatki National Monument? Are there any other abandoned villages in Arizona accessible via hike? Let us know your favorites!
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