The National Park Service is seeking public input on the Draft Backcountry Management Plan and associated environmental assessment (EA) for Wupatki National Monument. The purpose of the Wupatki National Monument Backcountry Management Plan is to provide for the protection and preservation of irreplaceable resources and wilderness character while establishing long-term direction for public access and experience of eligible wilderness and other backcountry lands and monument operations in those areas.
The EA describes two alternatives: a no-action alternative and an action alternative, which has been identified as the NPS preferred alternative. The no-action alternative reflects a continuation of current management practices, as established in the park's 2004 General Management Plan. The action alternative presents a phased approach to expanding visitor opportunities in the monument's backcountry through additional guided hikes and the potential for permitted, unguided access to a section of the backcountry. The action alternative also includes updated management zoning descriptions and boundaries, visitor capacities, and monitoring indicators and thresholds established to guide resource protection and management.
Download and review the draft backcountry management plan and environmental assessment by clicking the Document List in the menu to the right. Then click on Open for Comment to submit your feedback. You can also mail comments to the address below.
We will accept feedback between December 15, 2021 and January 16, 2022. We would like to hear your thoughts on the alternatives presented in the plan, the analysis of their impacts, and any other concerns or ideas you might have. Your comments will help us ensure we have the best plan possible.
For more information about Wupatki National Monument, please call (928) 679-2365. You can also visit the park website at: http://www.nps.gov/wupa
Wupatki National Monument
6400 North Highway 89
Flagstaff, Arizona 86004
Wupatki National Monument covers 35,254 acres of high desert directly west of the Little Colorado River and the Navajo Nation. Roughly 97 percent of the monument includes backcountry areas or areas that are eligible for wilderness designation. This means these areas are generally undeveloped, without trails and with few roads. Currently, public access within Wupatki's backcountry is limited to guided hikes led by park staff and volunteers in an effort to protect the thousands of archeological sites for which the monument was created.