Wupatki Trail

Wupatki National Monument
Located 27.0 miles from Flagstaff, Arizona (AZ)
4 Stars
572 Steps 1  (0.3 mi)

The Wupatki Pueblo is the most majestic of the five dwellings which are open to the public within the Wupatki National Monument. There are over 100 rooms, a community room, ball park and Kiva. Also of interest at this ruin is a rare geological blowhole, this happens when air is blown through a small hole at the surface due to pressure differences between a closed underground system and the surface. To access this dwelling which is located behind the visitor center; follow the self guided Wupatki Trail, a short, paved, moderate loop trail that leads to the dwelling of the Ancient Sinagua Indians who lived and farmed this land from 1100AD to 1225AD.

Wupatki Trail


The Wupatki Trail has a maximum elevation of 4,905 ft (1,495 m), a minimum elevation of 4,810 ft (1,466 m), and an elevation range of 95 ft (29 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
5720.3 mi4,810 ft4,905 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
6 min0.78 ft91 ft
[ B to A ]
8 min7.691 ft8 ft

What is the length of the Wupatki Trail?

The length of the trail is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) or 572 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Wupatki Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 6 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 8 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 Wupatki 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: Gray Mountain, AZ
  2. North Topo Map: Wupatki NE, AZ
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Badger Spring, AZ
  4. West Topo Map: Wupatki SW, AZ
  5. Topo Map: Wupatki SE, AZ
  6. East Topo Map: Standing Rocks, AZ
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Strawberry Crater, AZ
  8. South Topo Map: Roden Crater, AZ
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Grand Falls, AZ

Is there a Wupatki trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Wupatki Trail is located on the Wupatki SE 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.