April 13, 2012
The Sinagua built these striking pueblos at Wupatki National Monument in the decades after a volcanic outpouring at Sunset Crater.
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Starting November 1, 2015 the monuments will be open from 9 am to 5 pm, seven days a week. We are closed only on December 25. Monument information and exhibits will be available during these hours. Walnut Canyon Island trail closes to at 4 pm and the Rim Trail closes at 4:30 pm.
3D photo technology helps NAU archaeologists document historic sites
Imagine being able to look at a historical site from every angle, measure the smallest details on the interior and identify how to preserve it without ever touching it. Photogrammetry technology combines hundreds of overlapping high resolution images taken with a digital camera mounted on a pole to create a 3D color virtual model of a site. For an archaeologist, this is the future of documentation and a low cost alternative to laser technology such as LiDAR.
Flagstaff-area attractions will cost more in October
Starting on October 1, 2015, the Flagstaff Area National Monuments: Sunset Crater Volcano, Walnut Canyon and Wupatki, will increase entrance fees for visitors in order to fund important maintenance and improvement projects within the park.
An ingenuous civilization raised monuments to persistence on the ashes of a cataclysm at Wupatki and Sunset Crater National Monuments
The Hopi believe their kachinas created the Sunset Crater eruption to punish the Sinagua Indians in retaliation for a prank played out of jealousy. In real life, the eruption ushered in an era of prosperity — demonstrating the complex relationship between climate, culture and geography. Both Sunset Crater and the Wupatki ruins rise out of the landscape around the area of the San Francisco Peaks, out of place but curiously perfect.