Sunday, June 15, 2008

Wupatki National Monument

Photographers are the slaves of the sun. On my last trip, I spent a good portion of a day wondering through Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monument. By the time I reached the largest of the ruins, it was late in the day. The setting sun, as it struck the ruins of the Wupatki Pueblo, lit the tips of the massive structure, highlighting the natural beauty of the red rock. These Ruins are approximately 800 years old, yet they are remarkably well preserved. Elsewhere, ruins are partly reconstructed or fortified; however, in Wupatki, most of the ruins stand completely untouched.

It's a remarkable experience to stand next to a ruin and see the centuries-old mud mortar crumbled and falling apart under Time's irresistible influence. Visiting Wupatki, I felt physically connected to the past, and, while staring at the past and the walls crumbling into dust, I was reminded of my future. We must make the best of the time we are given.


  • Visit the NPS site for directions, fees, info on the short walks around the ruins, and a history of the monument.
  • While visiting Wupatki National Monument, you will almost certainly want to spend some time visiting Sunset Crater National Monument. This young cinder cone had an important impact upon the people living in Wupatki.


  1. This sounds like a fascinating place to visit. Your picture is wonderful.

  2. Your photography is outstanding... I am amazed by this picture... WOW... stunning!!
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  3. Jordan Quinley01 July, 2008

    Ah, whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom--according to King Solomon. And again he says, "A generation goes and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever." There must be something humbling to stand before centuries-old ruins.