Southwest USA Trip - Wupatki National Monument
June 18, 2003
By Dan Hyde
Wupatki National Monument is several miles north of Sunset Crater
Volcano National Monument and was constructed by ancestors of Hopi
Native Americans. The area was first settled after the eruption of Sunset Crater
Volcano in 1064. The Sinagua people and their Ancestral Puebloan cousins
realized that the volcanic ash had made the soil more fertile and
consequently favorable for farming. They left the region in the early
13th century. The Wupatki Pueblo shown on this pages was built in
12th century and housed over 100 people. Parts of the buildings had four stories.
Ruins of Wupatki Pueblo at Wupatki National Monument
Snake Petroglyph at Wupatki Pueblo
Several Rooms in the Wupatki Ruins
View of the Surrounding Terrain
Shows That Some of the Buildings were at Least Three Stories
Detail of the Rock Walls
A Lava Bomb Blasted Out of Sunset Crater Volcano was Used as Part of Wall
The People Incorporated the Native Bedrock in the Structures
An Ancient Ballcourt Where A Ball Game Was Played Similar to One
Played By the Mayas.
A Doorway in a Wall
The View East from Wupatki Pueblo.
The Flag in Center Marks the Visitor Center.
Closeup of Flag in Previous Image
Jan Reading Guidebook
Mary Jane Looking Back up Path From Ballcourt
Lizard on Rock
Scott Sitting on Blow Hole.
The Native Americans Consider Such Physical Phenomenon as Sacred.
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July 19, 2003
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Daniel C. Hyde