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It is possible to visit all of the pueblos in a day, but we made two trips so we didn’t feel rushed. This is an even better idea if you want to visit in the summer and have the time. Bryon suggests that, because the days are longer, visit some of them in the morning, spend lunch in Flagstaff, and come back in the afternoon when it’s a little cooler. (Keep in mind that the Visitors’ Center closes at 5:30 p.m.–at least during the winter–so plan accordingly.)

Approaching the pueblo.

We started our visit at the Wukoki Pueblo, which was an easy hike.

"Do they mean, 'No papooses allowed?'"

“Do they mean, ‘No papooses allowed?'”

We started our visit at the Wukoki Pueblo, which was an easy hike.

The back side of the pueblo.

What you can see from the top of the pueblo--across the street, if you will.
What you can see from the top of the pueblo–across the street, if you will.

The afternoon sun was beginning to set, and it was going to be cold(er) soon.

The afternoon sun was beginning to set, and it would be cold(er) soon.

Weathered sandstone formation.
Weathered sandstone formation.

Check out the view from this one.
Citadel pueblo:  check out the view from this one.

Here's what you see from the Citadel Pueblo:  a huge limestone sink. A professional basketball court and sideline seats could easily fit inside it.
Here’s what you see from the Citadel Pueblo: a huge limestone sink. A professional basketball court and sideline seats could easily fit inside it.

Here's a view from the Lomaki Pueblo.
Here’s a view from the Box Canyon Pueblo.

One of the rooms inside the Lomaki Pueblo.
One of the rooms inside the Box Canyon Pueblo.

Box Canyon Pueblo

Box Canyon Pueblo.

Even the plants seemed timeless.

Even the plants seemed timeless.

Wupatki Pueblo is the largest pueblo in the monument.

Wupatki Pueblo is the largest pueblo in the monument.

There are several parts to the pueblo complex.
There are several parts to the pueblo complex.

Desert foliage.
Desert foliage.

"Don't touch the pottery!" We saw more warnings than pottery.

“Don’t touch the pottery!” We saw more warnings than pottery.

The sun was starting to set. We needed to head back to contemplate (read: make) dinner.
The sun was starting to set. We needed to head back to contemplate (read: make) dinner.