Backcountry Management Plan
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.
The National Park Service is beginning the process of exploring potential future visitor opportunities in the backcountry portions of the monument. At this point, the park is actively applying best practices from the Interagency Visitor Use Management Council to guide internal conversations about visitor use and is reaching out through public engagement to gain a better understanding of the scope of future planning and management documents.
Wupatki National Monument
6400 North Highway 89
Flagstaff, Arizona 86004