Citadel Trail

Wupatki National Monument
Located 27.4 miles from Flagstaff, Arizona (AZ)
4 Stars
292 Steps 1  (0.1 mi)

The Citadel Trail is a short trail that leads to the Citadel Ruin; a large stone Puebloan structure built on the ridge of a hill. Many historians believe that this monument was once a fortress, due to its location and the clear views that stretch as far as the Painted Desert and San Francisco Peaks. Although the trail to the Citadel is paved, it is rough, rocky and uneven in places.

Citadel Trail


The Citadel Trail has a maximum elevation of 5,465 ft (1,666 m), a minimum elevation of 5,409 ft (1,649 m), and an elevation range of 56 ft (17 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
2920.1 mi5,409 ft5,465 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3 min4.756 ft0 ft
[ B to A ]
3 min0.00 ft56 ft

What is the length of the Citadel Trail?

The length of the trail is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) or 292 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Citadel Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 3 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3 min in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Citadel Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Wupatki National Monument topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Campbell Francis Wash, AZ
  2. North Topo Map: Gray Mountain, AZ
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Wupatki NE, AZ
  4. West Topo Map: East of S P Mountain, AZ
  5. Topo Map: Wupatki SW, AZ
  6. East Topo Map: Wupatki SE, AZ
  7. Southwest Topo Map: O'Leary Peak, AZ
  8. South Topo Map: Strawberry Crater, AZ
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Roden Crater, AZ

Is there a Citadel trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Citadel Trail is located on the Wupatki SW topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.