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Walnut Canyon National Monument, Flagstaff

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Nestled along the 2,040 m (6,690 ft) rim of its namesake canyon, Walnut Canyon National Monument gives you the chance to view indigenous dwellings dating back almost 800 years. Spread over more than 2,145 hectares (5,300 acres), the park contains 25 different cliff dwellings built by the Sinagua people. You can wander between these sites using the monument's 1.4 km (0.9 mi) trail looping down the side of the canyon. However, be aware that the hike back to the trailhead involves 240 steps. See Walnut Canyon National Monument and all Flagstaff has to offer by arranging your trip with our Flagstaff travel itinerary planner.
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  • Some reviewers have commented on the physical exertion involved in walking the 1.7 km. in the Canyon, especially because of the number of steps involved. But there are many places to rest and there is...  more »
  • This was a very nice hike. There are a lot of stairs, but there are tremendous views along the trail. The cliff dwellings were amazing.  more »
  • This was a wonderful history lesson enjoyed by our family with teen boys. Well preserved cave dwellings that allow respectful visitors to enter and see close up. Wear comfortable hiking footwear and l...  more »
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  • When we visited Walnut Canyon National Monument in May, the path to see the cliff dwellings up close was closed for renovation. But we did get to walk the rim trail and with high-powered binoculars, were able to view the dwellings from afar. It was absolutely amazing, and I highly recommend a stop to anyone in the area. The rim trail is easy, and accessible. We had a picnic lunch under a tree, and found ruins that were yet to be fully excavated. History abounds at Walnut Canyon National Monument.
  • My wife, 13, 11, and 8 year old took the 0.9 mile Island Loop that has 280 steps. Well worth it. We had just been to Mesa Verde and this was a similarly enlightening hike, though the dwellings are not as extensive. We also had a nice picnic in their picnic area. They have a short informational film we also watched and enjoyed.
  • We visited last February and loved the scenery. The park staff were friendly and courteous. Nice mild hike up and down to view some awesome sites. Enjoy!!!
  • Great national park! it was stunning! But be aware it can be narrow and steep for some people with aversion to heights, or problems with lots of stairs. But I would definitely recommend stopping here! It was so beautiful to see the canyons that really do make it seem like you're walking on a walnut. There are indian preserves that you can walk past on the paths, but for me the natural beauty of the strange landscape was the best part.
  • Awesome canyon. The rim trail was a very short walk, not much of a hike. Island trail is needed to get a great view. Very small museum.