Photographing Wupatki National Monument

If you are near Flagstaff on your way to or from the Grand Canyon, we highly recommend a stop at Wuptaki and Sunset Crater National Monument. It’s on the way and you’ll see a lot in a short amount of time…a volcano, lava beds, and native American pueblos.

Take the 25 mile loop drive from Highway 89 from south to north. Here is the short Lava Flow Nature Trail.

Next stop is the Wukoki Pueblo which gets far fewer visitors than the main Wupatki Pueblo, but is also spectacular.

The Wupatki Pueblo is next to the visitors center and can be quite crowded. Mary and I like to show up right when they open. We also get better light, too.

Finally, on the way back to the highway, make your last stop at Lomaki ruins which are small, but tucked into a box canyon and make for very interesting subjects.

We both used color Fujifilm X-T2 and infrared X-T1 cameras with a Fujinon 18-135 mm lens. We went pretty light with just this set-up.

If you still have not extinguished your desire for pueblo ruins, we also recommend Walnut Canyon near Flagstaff. Here is some more information about these great sites.

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