Wupatki National Monument

On my last full day in Arizona, Elaine took me to the ruins of the Wupatki Pueblo not far from Flagstaff and just past the Sunset Crater Volcano. We were able to wander around this ancient place, likely built in the early 1100s. The 100 room pueblo may have been influenced and inhabited by Sinagua, Cohonina and Kayenta Anasazi cultures as they farmed the fragile, volcanic ash-covered desert to raise corn and other crops. By 1250 the pueblos in the area stood empty, though their descendants, including Hopi, Zuni and Navajo people, live nearby.

Wupatki Pueblo ruins
I stand at the entrance to one of the internal rooms
Elaine standing in front of a hill once covered in volcanic ash


A circular walled area that may have been used for trade events, games and/or social gatherings








Elaine and I on a hot windy day, the pueblo behind us in the shadows. We were suitably attired for the relentless sun.
Elaine is an accomplished artist – a fine painter, maker of pysanky and beaded jewelry among her many talents. Here are my efforts at creating necklaces with glass, turquoise, jade, amazonite, onyx and lapis lazuli beads.  Never a boring moment when visiting my Flagstaff friends!

We decided that I need to return to Arizona (there’s the international gem and mineral show in Tucson, AZ each winter, for instance).  I’d also love to visit Sedona and the Sonoran Desert again (I was there in 1997), though I understand that one needs to be aware of the sometimes lethal Africanized killer bee swarms that don’t tolerate trespassers near their hives!  I insisted that Elaine and Randy MUST visit me on PEI…..and I’ll be waiting for them, their room is reserved.


3 thoughts on “Wupatki National Monument

  1. Gail May 29, 2018 / 9:18 am

    Great blog, really enjoyed your adventures


    • Orysia May 29, 2018 / 10:04 am

      Likewise, Gail, your travel blog is highly educational to boot! Scenic beer, eh? LOL


  2. Elaine Dillingham May 8, 2021 / 1:09 am

    Looking at your photos and reading your blog evokes such happy memories of your visit to northern Arizona three years ago this month. So much has happened – a worldwide pandemic! – since then. I hope someday you can return and we will do more exploring. And I hope someday to visit PEI.


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