There are some amazing Native American ruins in northern Arizona. One of my favorites is at Wupatki National Monument. The main ruins are interesting, but I prefer the Wukoki Pueblo as it gives me a better feeling of what it was like to live there.
I shot this image of a wall at Wukoki through one of its windows. I thought the window made a great frame showing part of the pueblo and the sky. There are many wonderful photo opportunities at Wukoki, as well as the other ruins in the area. While it’s easy to see the big images, check out the small details too.
The National Monument contains over 800 ruins, and you can easily drive to the five largest ones. You will see other ruins as you drive through the area, but they are off limits to visitors.
Your entry fee to Wupatki National Monument includes admission to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, which is at the other end of the main road.
Keep an eye out on the people there. One time we saw Santa Claus vacationing at Wukoki. We were getting ready to leave when a car pulled up and parked. A man got out and started walking toward the ruins. He was heavy set, in his 60’s, had snow white shoulder length hair, and a matching long beard, was wearing a bright red shirt and shorts, and had a jolly bounce in his step. Anyone who saw him would say it was Santa. The world is full of magic moments like this, if you are open to them.