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“A "must see" if you are anywhere near Flagstaff”

Walnut Canyon National Monument
Ranked #2 of 70 things to do in Flagstaff
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 2 May 2018

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.

1  Thank dalsmith2016
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

Just a few minutes south of I-40 and about 10 min from Flagstaff, this national monument was an excellent lunch stop and hike. This beautiful canyon is chocked with ancient dwellings and buildings of Native Americans. There is a great view of for the canyon from the visitor center which offers a short video and a small area for displays. Don't expect the crowds and rush of the big National Parks. it is much more compact. There is limited but adequate parking near the visitor center. There are several hikes from the center to lower areas. And hundreds of stairs. We took the 1.0 mi Island Loop trail and spent about 60-80 minutes - at a leisurely pace. Many of the dwellings had interpretive signage,as did most of the plants. We plan to come back in the Fall when the trees are turning.

1  Thank Rollo P
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

This is a beautiful & VERY unexpected sight to see! You must walk down many stairs (and then back UP), but the cliff dwellings are worth the effort! Your able to walk inside many of them, allowing much insight as to just how hard their lives must have been.
WARNING!!! If you are visiting during the summer - beware of the heat while climbing back up the stairs! Pace yourself & take plenty of water!

Thank Susan H
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

Came across this while lost. Very glad visited. Friendly helpful rangers. Learned a little about sinagua people I had never heard of. Not in condition to do those steps but very much enjoyed the easy rim loop. Would definitely recommend.

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Reviewed 29 April 2018

I've been to a lot of National Parks and Monuments and have never seen one closed at 5:00 in the afternoon when there's 3+ hours of daylight left... Total waste of my time.

Thank BBGCR
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