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. Plan to see Walnut Canyon National Monument and other attractions that appeal to you using our Flagstaff road trip planning site .
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  • The park and trails are well maintained. There are 2 trails, one, the Island Trail, takes you down into the canyon a bit with close up views of the cliff dwellings. There are stairs with handrails but...  more »
  • History is wonderful and this stop is spectacular to see. The Island Trail is easy to do, but involves a lot of stairs. We also found that the elevation made a difference when climbing back up. Howeve...  more »
  • This is an amazing place with awesome cliff dwellings. A beautiful area with hundreds of dwellings. Wear good shoes the walk is paved but something with nonskid soles will do. There is a walk about 1/...  more »
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  • It's a beautiful intimate canyon that brings to life how the ancient people lived. For the hardy the hike into the canyon brings you to the cliff dwellings. For the elderly the rim trail is really beautiful and enjoyable and you can see the many cliff dwellings across the canyon. It's fun trying to find them all. The NPS did such a great job paving a safe trail and providing benches along the way. It's one of the few parks that is sensitive and thoughtful to the elderly.
  • A beautiful park to visit with the family. Nice that the trolley takes you through the park and there are plenty of bathrooms along the way. Lots of picnic areas too. The guides are very knowledgeable. You can stay for as long as you like in the park as long as you do not take the trolley all the way back to the visitor center. There are also what looks like some amazing hiking trails. Would love to go back when the kids are older to do the trails. It was nice to be able to go down into a canyon rather than just looking from the top.
  • AMAZING. Would be even more so if the government found it in the black pits they call "hearts" to fund our parks. Where else do you get to walk through some one's house? How many of our houses would last 100+ years? An awesome experience if you allow it to be.
  • I went here on a lark. I didn't want to go to the Grand Canyon because that's supposed to be a family adventure. However walking through the houses of those that came before us was inspiring. I know that no one will want to walk through my house in 3000 years. It was beautiful, contemplative, thought-provoking, and a whole bunch of other adjectives. I may go to the Grand Canyon but I will definitely take my family here as well.
  • Really cool place. You've got to go down on the island walk and take a look at the cafe dwellings up close and personal. Really enjoyed my time teaming in all the beautiful surroundings. Highly recommended.
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