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“Awesome experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Walnut Canyon National Monument

Walnut Canyon National Monument
Walnut Canyon Rd #3, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
+1 928 526 3367
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Ranked #1 of 82 things to do in Flagstaff
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Activities: Hiking
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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 young children, Activities for older children
Whangarei, New Zealand
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“Awesome experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

This has to be one of the most memorable visits to a historic site I have ever made. Really amazing. The site itself is part of a truly majestic landscape overall and which is generally applicable to the whole of Arizona. It was remarkable noting how the occupants found the site and were able to envision how to build lives and homes within it. The dangers must have been considerable with one slip being fatal. And yet, they built entire communities, had gardens, store rooms, living and sleeping spaces and cooking precincts. They also stored water in times of seasonal plenty for drier and hotter months so their awareness and foresight were astounding.

The site has many steps during a loop walk of about 1.6km and thus, a good level of fitness is required. While the steps are well planned, it is still advised for the fit and those not afraid of heights. There is much on the walk in the way of adobe structures where the people lived and while there is no entry to enclosed spaces and one has to avoid sitting on or leaning against structures, there are many benches along the route where one can sit and contemplate.

Beyond the walk area, there are other structures able to be seen throughout the canyon and which are not accessible. They add to the incredible natural beauty, peace and calm of the entire site. Truly memorable in ever way and a must see in Arizona.

Visited November 2012
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Tyler, Texas
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“Ahhhhmazing view and history!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

My family loves this canyon for many reasons and in particular because as you walk down, you are suddenly visualizing a people that farmed at the top, fished and drew water at the bottom, sought shelter in the caves (which you get to experience), all in a day's work. The only thing is the 225 steps you take are a little strenuous coming up if you are not adept to walking, but only deepens the appreciation for the hard working people who lived in this area. It is truly remarkable. These cave dwellers had the best of both worlds which is my personal favorite part is the amazing view. You start your descent into the canyon on the side that is desert, indicative of much of Arizona. As you turn the corner to start your ascent up, the view becomes fully forested with Ponderosa pines, which is the surprise of the beauties of Arizona, it isn't just a desert.

For those who cannot hike down, there is a walking path that provides an equally lovely and ahhhmazing view of this glorious canyon. Be sure to check out the sky as the hues change throughout your hike.

If you do this in the hot months May-September, take water with you and take your time. This is not an attraction to be done in a hurry, and you will need to supervise your children as there are some narrow parts of the path which require your full attention. Take binoculars! Look for Bald Eagles in the tops of dead trees, and Big Horn Sheep scaling the rocky crags, we've seen both (although not on this trip) in the past.

Visited November 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Rim Trail may not be the best option, go for Island Trail if possible”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We should take the Island Trail. This review is for the Rim Trail.

If you have less than two hours, this place can be a good option. Not far away from Flagstaff about 15 mins (one way). Easy and paved, short (0.7 mile) Rim Trail, half hour is probably enough. Great views for the Walnut Canyon (but not as dramatic as the Grand Canyon and Red Rocks in Sedona). Can be a good place for sunrise/sunset, if you stay at Flagstaff. One pueblo ruin on the Rim Trail.

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Bodegraven, The Netherlands
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“Awesome caves”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Very educational, you really get the picture how people lived long time ago in a steep canyon. be prepared to walk some stairs.

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“Enjoyed this canyon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Figured we'd do this canyon before going to the Grand Canyon. A completely different kind of experience obviously with all the cave dwellings. I found it very interesting. The path was easy and the 200+ stairs weren't that bad. A nice side trip while in Flag.

Visited October 2012
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