Driving Tour to Wupatki and Sunset Crater – Friday
Date and Times
- Friday October 4, 2019
Overview of the Drive
This is a medium distance drive to see two very different National Monuments on one drive. Wupatki National Monument is the location of very well-preserved Native American ancient dwellings and meeting places. Visitors can walk through the ruins and imagine what it must have been like to live in this area in 1200 A.D. The Interpretive Center at the Park is full of information about the people who lived at Wupatki and the geology of the area.
When the group continues along the park road, the Painted Desert can be seen to the East. This is an area of multi-colored sands and hills and is very much worthy of a photograph. The area at Sunset Crater National Monument is a region that was volcanically active in the distant past and what remains is a large area of lava fields and cinders. The centerpiece is a cinder cone whose edge is at 8,000 feet altitude. There are opportunities to hike around the park to see the various features.
Upon leaving the attractions, the touring group will head back towards and stop at The Horseman’s Lodge Restaurant for lunch before returning to Little America.
Things to Know
- The full tour will take about 6 hours and cover about 75 miles.
- There is a fee for entrance into the National Monuments.
- If you can present a “National Parks Passport” the entrance fee is waived.
- This tour is a unique opportunity to visit two adjacent National Monuments.
- Time planned for stopping at Wupatki is 2 ½ hours. The time at Sunset Crater is 1 ½ hours.
- The tour will continue back towards Flagstaff to the Horseman’s Lodge for lunch.