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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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  • Walking on the high trails, right past the long-abandoned rock dwellings was fascinating. How did they do it? Lots and lots of steps into the canyon on the "island trail", but worth it. The welcome ce...  more »
  • Just a short distance from I-40. Well worth the time. A very scenic small canyon, at least compared to the Grand Canyon. Well maintained and well staffed. A one mile hike around the inner canyon for t...  more »
  • Visited here nearly 45 years ago and still just as awesome. For those who love ancient Native American archaeological sites, it is a must. But in addition, the view and scenery of the dramatic canyon ...  more »
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  • This place is so interesting to visit. Can't imagine how people lived in these dwellings in the past. Wonder how they cultivate food and water. We visited the mile hike in July and it was not bad at all. It was quite windy so it didn't feel that hot. We were able to seat inside some part of the dwellings and felt quite cool with the surrounding stone walls. We had to travel down to the visit the dwellings and hiking back up can be a bit treacherous.
  • Greatly preserved native American dwellings and beautiful scenery made this worth the 240 steps. There was a nice paved path around the island walk. The visitor's center was informative. Bring water on a hot day! There was also a picnic area near the parking lot, which was nice.
  • 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.
  • We loved this place. So beautiful. Our grandson was enthralled. We took the long walk out and back. It was nice

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Flagstaff's diverse assortment of hotels and motels provides all the amenities you need to relax after a long day adventuring. The city is home to a number of luxury bed and breakfasts complete with jetted tubs and fireplaces. Budget-friendly bed and breakfasts have fewer facilities and are often farther out of town, but boast plenty of charm and character. If you like the outdoors, take advantage of the city's mountain surroundings and pitch a tent at a campground in nearby Kaibab National Forest.
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