The Wupatki National Monument is a National Monument located in north-central Arizona
, near Flagstaff
. Rich in Native American ruins, the monument is administered by the National Park Service in close conjunction with the nearby Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
.Today Wupatki appears empty and abandoned.
Amidst what would seem a generally inhospitable area due to the lack of food and water sources several artifacts have been located at the site from far away locations, implying that Wupatki was involved in trade. Items from as far as the Pacific and the Gulf Coast have been located at the site. Many different varieties of pottery have been found at the site during numerous excavations stretching back to its exploration in the mid-1800s.