My wife and I are trying to visit all of the National Parks and Monuments in the west. We have a long way to go, but decided to pay a visit to northern Arizona. We weren't quite sure as to what to expect at Walnut Canyon, but decided to pay it a visit. The visitor's center was a bit small and understaffed, but we watched the movie and then ventured out into the canyon. We hiked from the visitor's center at the top of the ridge to the lower area of the canyon. We are a bit older and questioned whether it would be worth the effort to go down the 700+ steps. We are glad that we did.
The Walnut Canyon area is phenomenal. We have visited a great many sites in the west, but this was one of the very few sites that allows visitors to get this close to the dwellings. It really helped us to get a feeling for what it must have been like to live in the canyons. Although we had to climb down a great many stair steps and then climb back up them again, it was well worth the time and effort.
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