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Walnut Canyon National Monument

Walnut Canyon Rd #3, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
+1 928 526 3367
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Ranked #2 of 44 Attractions in Flagstaff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons, Monuments/ Statues, National Parks, Historic Sites
Activities: Hiking
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... more » 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. « less
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Tucson, AZ
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134 reviews 134 reviews
24 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Walnut Canyon is one of three National Monuments very close to Flagstaff. All are must-sees, all are different from one another, all are beautiful and impressive, all will teach you something about history, geology and/or anthropology. Each makes learning interesting and enjoyable. Walnut Canyon is a quick drive east and south of Flagstaff through green, forested country. The canyon is... More

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Montgomery, Alabama
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Should not be missed! Great walking trail, for both strenuous into the canyon and moderate along the rim. Well marked, interesting notations for native plants. Closes at 5, which was a bit earlier than should be necessary as there are 3-4 hours of cooler sunlight left at that time.

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Mesa, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

A great, educational hike that offers stunning views. We did the Island Hike which is a steep 300 stairs down then its even terrain. Takes about an hour and a half to do the hike. You are able to be up close and personal with the cliff dwellings, with signs along the way giving you information. Remember its at 7000... More

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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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120 reviews 120 reviews
41 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Just 3 miles off the main highway. Breathtaking views. Two hiking trails, one is easier along the rim and the other (the Island) trail takes about an hour. The island of cliff dwellings is 285 feet down and there are 185 stairs to climb down then back up. It is amazing how 300 Native American families lived in the cliffs... More

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Denver
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Everyone can enjoy as you can take a rim hike which is easy, or the steps to the Island Hike. Don't forget this is at around 7000 feet elevation so it make take some time. There are cliff dwellings to see up close and at a distance. you may see some wildlife and will see great views throughout the canyon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Do the Island Hike in Walnut Canyon. It is a short hike (but steep in some areas). It is really cool to see all the ruins and you can actually walk into them. Really cool to see how people lived so many years ago. Probably about 1.5 hours round trip.

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Allendale, New Jersey
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

Stopped here towards the end of our trip after seeing the awesome Glen, Marble and Grand Canyons, so as a canyon, Walnut Canyon is a little anticlimactic . However the walk down the many steps and around the cliff dwelling ruins was really peaceful and interesting . There are signs along the way, so you can learn a lot about... More

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scottsdale
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

It only takes an hour, though you may prefer to spend longer. You can step into some of these ancient cliff dwellings. It's a unique and spectacular canyon. As much as I love archeology, my favorite part was at the end as we watched the great hawks hunting and circling in the air -- below us!

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Columbia, Maryland
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74 reviews 74 reviews
53 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Things to know: *It's very close to Flagstaff, easily accessible *There is a visitor's center (the bathrooms are outside). I can't actually tell you anything about the visitor's center exhibits because I didn't have time to look at any. They close the Island Trail at 4pm sharp. We got there at 3:50 and when I paid my entrance fee at... More

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

You can walk the rim path or take the many steps down - and up- to get closer tot he cliff dwellings. A beautiful peaceful place with lots of history.

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