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- These are by far the most "primitive" ruins I've visited, but Walnut Canyon reveals a complex society that must have also been very physically fit! There are 700+ steps on the tour. I hike and am good shape. I was fine; I thought, but the next day there was definitely tightness and burn in my calves. It is worth it though to get a glimpse of this unique culture.Written September 17, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We did the driving loop. It’s about 30mins apart driving. $25 entrance fee per car and you can enter through Sunset Crater entrance or Wupatki entrance. The Sunset Crater Volcano opens 24/7 and the Wupatki entrance is from sunrise to sunset.
We went to Sunset Crater Volcano first. Visitor center is closed but it’s open for restrooms. Bring your passport to get your passport stamps! They have 3 types of stamps that you can stamp yourself.
Next we followed the path to the crater parking lot. Another set of restrooms here but it’s the built in portable ones and not as clean.
We parked and followed the paved path along the Lava Flow Trail. It says 1 mile loop but we didn’t do the entire loop and just went out to the overlook and back.
Try to tap into the energy and meditate. I felt an overwhelmed of sadness and anxiety here. But on the flip side through all the black charcoal background, there are signs of life and colorful wildflowers growing. Truly an amazing place and full of history. Stayed here for about 15 mins then drove 30 mins along the loop to Wupatki, stayed there for 15 mins then took the loop back and exited where we came from to stay off the busy highway. You must see both and it’s handicap accessible with the paved walkway for both.
There are no food eateries, gas stations, or hang out spots. The nice restrooms are at the Visitor Center at both places and the portable ones at both parking lots.Written September 18, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Absolutely one of the best days of my life so let me explain the whole thing before you go watch football since im very young i was obviously scared (were talking under 13 but not saying age) but I went to my boy scout troop and I was halfway prepared for the trip I forgot to bring a helmet but only hit my head once, fell twice but did not hurt got to the end we turned all flashlight off and experienced pitch black. when we got out we finished camping and headed home. Tomorrow we are heading to pivot rock in coconino forest and it will be a blast.Written October 21, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- It's always a treat getting away from the head of the valley! As soon as we enter the forest we put our windows down and let the cool air in! Lot's of places to stop along the way!Written July 1, 2022
- Easy drive to the lift areas. Good views of the valley. Worth a short drive from town. The lower lots had the best views.Written September 6, 2022
- We were lucky enough to get the tour from Brendan. Very knowledgeable about the estate. Open to questions. If you are in the area I’d recommend you take the tour.Written September 17, 2022
- This was the first time I had done the hike in Winter. we started at 830am and plenty of parking space with good signposts on where to park and start the hike. We were well prepared for bad weather, we were very lucky, it was a great day, clear and sunny........until we got to the saddle after the treeline!! The wind was very gusty and very cold, so the last part of the hike was difficult, a few people who did not have the right equipment were turning back.
The hike is great and we had fantastic views, despite the wind. Be well prepared with the right boots, jackets, hats and particularly gloves! The hot coffee I took up was much appreciated.
This took us 8 hours up and down, we took it easy on the way down, the forest was fantastic in the snow,Written November 20, 2020
- Great place for a walk. Wide, flat, groomed trail punctuated with activity spots. Beautiful mountains always in view. Windy (which seems to be a common weather occurrence in spring in Flagstaff) and sunny. Many joggers, runners and mountain-bikers as well.
If you want to connect with the Coconino Forest trail system, head straight back from the parking lot (do not veer to the left, which sets you on the loop).
Adequate and free parking. Easy to find.Written April 20, 2022
- The peaks and surrounding scenery is very pretty and easily viewed on the way to the Wupatki National Monument.Written May 9, 2022
- This hike was one of the best we had during our road trip. There were hardly any hikers there. it was only a few miles total and very even terrain. The first mile was pretty ordinary but when it came to the mountain we were totally in awe. Beautiful!!! Then heading back we could see the snow capped mountain in the background and were able to get some beautiful pictures.Written May 22, 2021
- This area is very scenic and undisturbed. It's worth going there if you exercise caution and are prepared for cold weather. The drive to the meadow is on a narrow winding bumpy dirt road that does not have guard rails and gives the feeling you are going to fall off the edge. Don't attempt it if you get queasy, or car sick, or are afraid of heights. Once you start, there is no turning back, and you better hope you don't meet another vehicle coming the other way, because there are few pull outs or areas to turn around. Passenger cars can get up there with caution, but it would be best if you have 4 wheel drive. When you're there nature surrounds you, making the journey worth it, You may see elk and other wild animals. It was windy and cold in the first week of May and there was snow on the mountain. There is a fee for use.Written May 4, 2021
- While this trail claims to be easy to moderate, be aware that there are steep and rocky sections that you will need to carefully negotiate. I would encourage folks to take the two hours to enjoy the hike. Be sure to have water, be sure to be in decent shape, especially for those folks coming from lower elevations. The ancient alagator junipers are interesting to photograph, a lot of great texture and shadows. From the top of the loop, the views of the surrounding Flagstaff area are amazing. Easy to access and extremely close to town.Written May 17, 2022
- It is a very bumpy, gravel road to get to the Arboretum. We walked some trails and saw wildflowers and butterflies. It really was not worth the drive or the entrance fee.Written September 22, 2021
- We’d heard about the Park and decided that we would check it out and maybe See the Wet Beaver, but alas no flat tailed tree chompers were in sight. The scenery is gorgeous & quite varied, from flats to tree lined, to Red Rocks, trails & the famous Wet Beaver Creek. Enjoyable!Written February 13, 2019
- All I can say if you go go early,we got there at 9 got 6 good runs in,then the masses showed up,will for sure go back,but bring stuff for smores and maybe a few brews or hot dog to roast over the fire pits !Written February 1, 2021
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