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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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  • This is one place I will always bring family and friends that are new to the area. It's a beautiful place to visit most times of the year (it sometimes gets windy or snowy/ wear a hat in the summer). ...  more »
  • I can only imagine that this place gets a fraction of the visitors it might otherwise have if it weren't so close to the Grand Canyon. The canyon is scenic on its own, but then you get a nice hike int...  more »
  • We visited this site as a family with 2 grandsons. The boys got to do the Junior Ranger program which they completed and received a JR Ranger badge! They was a great experience for them! We walked the...  more »
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  • It's hard to believe that over 300 years ago Native Indian families lived in homes carved into the rocks. Walnut Canyon is possibly the best example of cave living in the USA and it's been beautifully preserved. You need to descend 285 steps and walk a 1.8 mike trail to get the whole experience. There is no disabled access to this part of the national park, however there is a cliff top walk which allows views. Amazing insight into the life of the custodians of this land.
  • Interesting place. There is very little parking and the Ranger at first wanted to turn us away in our Motorhome. We went on the hike and it's not that bad at all. If you're out of shape you may have problems on the stairs. We saw a few people on our way down that were still on their way up when we went up. . if that makes any sense.
  • Great place to see and explore cliff dwellings. Access is very easy assuming you can climb stairs. Lots to see even if you don't want to climb the stairs. Just be aware that any stairs you decend, you will need to climb again.
  • We loved this place. So beautiful. Our grandson was enthralled. We took the long walk out and back. It was nice
  • Very cool hike and gave a glimpse into native American living I wasn't aware of. Very cool walk through time. Save some energy for the climb back up the stairs. Oh, and the junior ranger badge here is really cool. Made out of wood.