30 Years in 52 Weeks – Week 12 – Year 2

Wupatki National Monument, Arizona

A Wupatki Ruin

Wupatki National Monument in Arizona is one of those places where you can easily lose your frame of time walking among what is left of the once largest Pueblo from nearly 800 years ago.  Located on the Colorado Plateau, Wupatki was known as the meeting place for several Native American Indian cultures.  Even then, this area was dry and very warm making it not the most comfortable environment for living or growing crops for food.

To this day, no one knows why Wupatki flourished despite the harsher conditions of the land.  But it did, and that could be one of the reasons why the ancient Pueblo survives today.  Visiting the national monument is a joy to reconnect with the old ways of life.  It is also a great way to delve within your inner self, as this monument is the least traveled and easy to lose yourself in the past as you walk along quietly, usually only with your own group as company.  That is what makes visiting Wupatki so special to our family.  We love to feel as if we’re the only ones out there and that can happen at Wupatki, even in 2010.

The hikes are easy.  It is only a ½ mile round trip to see the largest pueblo in the park which is named Wupatki Pueblo.  Records indicate that about 100 people lived in Wupatki Pueblo around 1182.  Then it was the largest building within 50 miles.  The thousands of people who lived in the vicinity at that time, had a day’s walk to get to the pueblo.  The stories of the Wupatki Pueblo are passed on among the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, and other tribes who understand the importance of remembering and sharing the history of their generations.  Hopi Indians believe the people who lived and died at Wupatki remain as spiritual guardians.

In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge established Wupatki as a National Monument federally protecting the 35,422 acres in the park which houses the Citadel and Wupatki pueblos as well as other archeological resources and artifacts.We hope you enjoy our photo tour of Wupatki National Monument.  We recently walked throughout the park so you will see everything.  And we promise you will be more comfortable than we were, as the wind was freezing cold and howling on our adventure.  But that’s just part of what made this trip memorable.Let’s go!
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