Walnut Canyon National Monument

Walnut Canyon National Monument

Walnut Canyon National Monument
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National Parks • Canyons
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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See millions of years of history unraveled in the geology of the rocks at this popular scenic and historic hiking area, once populated by the Sinagua Indians.
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SnappleSpice
New York City, NY494 contributions
Dec 2022
This is a great trail for getting some quick views of cave dwellings. There are several warnings about the steepness of the hike, and some parts are very narrow, so I imagine this would be tricky with crowds. When we were there, however, crowds were limited and we had no issues. Even though part of the trail was closed due to ice, we were still able to enjoy the scenes!
Written 7 January 2023
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k p
61 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
We went during the winter and the island trail was closed. It is exactly what it says over 700 steps. We were able to see, from afar, some things. We took the rim trail which was very enjoyable. They have lots of signage about the native plants. The visitor center does require a mask.
Written 28 December 2022
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Walter O
Severn, NC333 contributions
Oct 2022
Walnut Canyon National Monument had quite a hike to get down to see the cliff dwellings, but it was well worth it. We went in October and it was not crowded. Rangers are very helpful!
Written 23 December 2022
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Peter P
Tucson, AZ49 contributions
Dec 2022
The view of the canyon would be enough, but the story of the indigenous people and what it meant for them is awesome.
Written 19 December 2022
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Claudia10229
Dallas, TX394 contributions
Dec 2022
Enjoyable area. We did the walk down to the island which included quite a few steps. There are railings to hold on to, plus easy spots to stop and rest and look at the scenery. Begin to look for the cliff dwellings as you walk down. The island is a mountain that you walk around and have access to cliff dwellings close up. All of those have been updated and restored but that makes them look realistic so you can imagine people living there. Stop to read the informative signs.

There was a volunteer providing updates on the area and what we were looking at and he was quite helpful. Going up the stairs wasn't super bad, take your time, stop to look at the scenery and you get a good workout. There is a gift shop, restrooms and a picnic bench. There is another rim trail to take which goes along the side of the mountain.
Written 11 December 2022
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AndyKansasCity
Kansas City935 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Walnut Canyon is just a short detour off I40, and well worth the visit. You can hike down into the canyon (it’s a good workout) for a close look at the cliff dwellings , or walk along the rim for a less strenuous walk.
Written 30 November 2022
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Richard G
Novi, Michigan, United States39 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Beautiful setting. A lot of steps down and back but not bad. Just rested on benches on climb back up. I enjoyed Wupatki monument better, more elaborate and fun to drive. This was also very good.
Written 21 November 2022
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RedClayRambler
Madison, AL184 contributions
Oct 2022
Somehow, I've always bypassed this monument on my trips thru Flagstaff. But it was a very enjoyable way to spend several hours exploring the canyon amd native American cliff side dwellings. We took the signature Island Trail. There are 240 steps, but they don't come all at once. There are also many benches along the paved trail to catch your breath and enjoy the canyon. The "island" is the elevated hill in the middle of the canyon. When we visited, it was not crowded, making for a relaxing stop. The rangers were very helpful and knowledgeable of the canyon and surrounding areas.
Written 26 October 2022
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ka4lhs
Tucson, AZ205 contributions
Oct 2022
really great walk. It is gets the cardio going both down the stairs to the site and back up gain. It is worth the effort. The national parks team was very helpful. The views and ability to get close to the cliff dwellings is worth the walk.
Written 24 October 2022
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Jonathan T
Hope, IN355 contributions
Oct 2022
This is an excellent National Monument just off I40 east of Flagstaff. It has good facilities and two good trails--the Rim or Island--depending on one's fitness level and interest. If you have time take both as each perspective is unique.
Arizona is blessed with many NPS sites and this is one of the best as it blends scenic beauty and significant history.
Written 18 October 2022
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