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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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south carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This was such a great place to spend a couple of hours. The cliff dwellings are wonderful. It is a strenuous walk down into the canyon but a beautiful trail and well worth the arduous climb back up all the steps. There is an easy and short trail on the canyon rim and a nice visitor center. It is a... More

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Brigham City, Utah
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Even if you don't take the stairway path down to the cliff dwellings, this NM offers a rim trail that gives a great view of the remains of a civilization long past. Since it is only a 15 min drive from Flagstaff, this is a great side journey to incorporate into a visit to the Grand Canyon. And since it's... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The Rim Trail has beautiful panoramic views of the canyon and the visitor's center has a lovely small museum but for a true experience you should hike into the canyon. There is a trail with many, many stairs but it's worth it. There are benches to rest on periodically and it's easier to see the other cliff dwellings on the... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The video in the centre tells this amazing story of the stone-aged people who lived in caves plus masonry dwelling with vegetables grown way up on top and heaps of water stored for the dry months.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Great time was has by all. The Rim Trail is easy and not too long. Great views even if you stay at the visitor's center. Small elevator if someone is in a wheelchair or walker. Worth a visit!

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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73 reviews 73 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is a fairly easy hike/walk except for the fact that there are a good number of steps you go down, and then have to climb back up again at the end. The sheer number of Indian ruins that are visible is stunning. We ran into a park ranger who gave us some great information on the type of Indians... More

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Townsville
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151 reviews 151 reviews
61 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We noticed that Walnut Canyon was near Flagstaff so having a few hours to spare we made the detour. What a wonderful surprise it was to find this massive stepped canyon plunging down hundreds of feet to the valley below. We took the paved pathway and well constructed steps down the edge of the cliff to view cave dwellings of... More

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Redlands, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

It's a nice walk (250 stairs down, then up again) and amazing to see the way the Indians lived. Everyone should see it at least once. We're lucky ruins such as these have been preserved. I hadn't been in over 15 years, and I think there were more ruins before.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Our family group stopped on our way back from Flagstaff and are so glad we did! It's a small park but one worth the visit. The staff was very helpful and friendly, and the hike down to view and explore the cliff dwellings was fun! I learned a few new things about Ancestral Puebloans and plants of the Southwest along... More

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We loved the glimpse of local history. The paths to the thousand year old cliff dwellings were easily accessible did not disappoint. Even though part of the main trail (island trail) is under reconstruction, the advanced planning of park service ensured a good experience.

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