Wupatki National Monument contains the ruins left by the Sinagua people at Wupakti. Eight hundred years ago, Wupatki was the largest pueblo in existence. Yet it is located in the hottest, driest part of the Colorado Plateau. How did its inhabitants, the Sinagua people, choose this place? What led them to abandon it, a hundred years later? These are only a few of the mysteries that surround these magnificent ruins.
Nearby Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is intimately linked to the history of the community at Wupakti. This colorful volcanic cone enriched the soil of the plateau in periodic eruptions and gave the Sinagua rich harvests.