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Walnut Canyon National Monument

3 Walnut Canyon Rd, Flagstaff, Arizona 86004 USA

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“come walk in the steps of those before us”

Come gaze across the curved canyon walls! Among the remarkable geological cliff formations of the canyon itself, the shapes of the former homes of ancient inhabitants of Walnut Canyon are easily evident. On a hike along the Rim or Island Trails you can imagine what life was like along and within Walnut Canyon while visiting actual pueblos and walking in the steps of those who came before us. Walnut Canyon National Monument was established by President Woodrow Wilson on November 30, 1915, to preserve ancient cliff dwellings. Initially managed by the US Forest Service, the monument was transferred to the National Park Service in 1934. Today a variety of archeological and natural resources are preserved on approximately 3600 acres.Understanding of earlier populations comes from multiple perspectives, including the traditional history of the people themselves and interpretations by archeologists of structures and artifacts that remain. 

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Reviewed by
lmtcisme

  • 8 Reviews
  • 13 Helpful
June 02, 2014

Pets only allowed in parking lot. About 6 miles off the road and then just a very short walk to a great observation point. No need to hike to see the dwellings from above.

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
JessicaMitchellKlus

  • 9 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
April 03, 2017
Rated 5.0

Very cool stop. Be sure to do the hike around the island as there are many neat dwellings that are not visible from above. There are quite a few steps but the whole hike takes less than an hour. This does not compare to Mesa Verde but still worth the stop.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Denise Parks

  • 7 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
August 20, 2016
Rated 5.0

AMAZING!!!!! Be sure to bring your walking shoes - relatively easy with stairs up and down. Be sure to NOT MISS the trail around the "island" - where you can get really up close and personal with some cliff dwellings

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Dan

  • 7 Reviews
  • 11 Helpful
January 31, 2014

Really interesting place to visit and such a short drive right outside Flagstaff. It's a great museum and an easy hike around the canyon thanks to a well maintained trail system.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
matthewjanis

  • 23 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
August 20, 2018
Rated 5.0

Very cool place we almost skipped. History in this area is so alive and well taken care of. This site will not disappoint. No pets allowed on the hike and is about 277 stairs but definitely worth it!

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Lesli Peterson

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  • 269 Reviews
  • 12 Helpful
June 22, 2018

I completely recommend experiencing Walnut Canyon National Monument to anyone vacationing in Northern Arizona. It complements the Grand Canyon National Park so well; green where the Grand Canyon is arid, small where the Grand Canyon is enormous, and completely manageable in one morning. It makes for a memorable travel activity. There are several other historic and interesting sites within a fifteen minutes drive of Flagstaff, but Walnut Canyon is my favorite one.

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Lesli Peterson

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  • 269 Reviews
  • 12 Helpful
April 05, 2018

Walnut Canyon is my favorite of these smaller Flagstaff-area National Monuments. Walnut Canyon dates to the same time period as the Grand Canyon, but is much, much smaller. It’s manageable, and the trail takes visitors around the middle level of the canyon. Here you can see Sinagua cliff homes – and even stand in them, respectfully.

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Reviewed by
jdaigle

  • 38 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
May 10, 2017
Rated 4.0

Alot of walking down the up steep walkway. Over 200 steps. But a great sightseeing.

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jdaigle

  • 38 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
May 10, 2017
Rated 4.0

Alot of walking down the up steep walkway. Over 200 steps. But a great sightseeing.

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dahliagonzalez

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April 01, 2017
Rated 5.0

Beautiful!

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Walnut Canyon National Monument

3 Walnut Canyon Rd
Flagstaff, Arizona
86004 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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