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Walnut Canyon National Monument, Flagstaff

Categories: Monuments, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 1,500+ reviews on the web
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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  • The trail down to a sample of the cliff dwellings in this relatively small canyon takes only about 15 minutes, but the dwellings take you back in time. To experience that feeling you need to go in the...  read more »
  • Fifteen minutes East of Flagstaff on highway 40 exit 204 you'll find Walnut Canyon National Park. Plenty of parking for small or big cars including trucks however,big RVs need to be careful because is...  read more »
  • Was very close to Flagstaff and extremely nice. The history of this area and knowledge learned was fascinating. It is a great place to go, don't miss this one. There are some steps(200 or so) but very...  read more »
  • Fascinating national monument, just outside of Flagstaff, off I-40. Great visitor's center with educational displays. A well marked paved path, with a hundred plus steps, down to the ruins. The dwellings were built right into the cliff wall at the same elevation all along the cliff. Amazing to see.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very beautiful and stunning views. The only thing that is not my favorite is the stairs you take to access one of the trails, but there are frequent stopping places with benches to rest on before continuing on down or up the stairs. However, there are no benches on the island trail, but there are also viewing points on the higher land by the visitor center which have benches to enjoy the canyon view on.
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