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“It was worth taking "the difficult" hike.”

Walnut Canyon National Monument
Ranked #1 of 103 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 young children, Activities for older children
Phoenix, Arizona
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36 reviews
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“It was worth taking "the difficult" hike.”
Reviewed November 28, 2011

This experience offers an up close and personal view of pueblos that tribes lived in about 700 years ago. We missed the outside sign to the easy "rim trail" as it was not clearly marked. When we paid our admission we were told that "the trail" was right through the doors. Since we were in the area for a few days and I had been nursing a bad knee, we thought we would just do the easy trail to check out the place, knowing that we could return and do the "island trail" if it didn't look too daunting. So, we headed out the door and began a steep descent into this amazing canyon. There were pueblo homes all around. Unbelievable. When we got down we saw a sign that said island trail on the right. So we took the trail to the left only to find out from a friendly guide that we were halfway around the island trail going backwards! It was o.k. By them and the guide was happy to inform and answer any questions. This trail takes you past and even into these homes. Thankfully my knee held out pretty well, and I have to say that it was worth it! We did do the easy one while we were still there, but missed the ruins again due to lack of signage. They do have it all laid out on a map, which we will pay more attention to next time. I guess we were too excited to check it out.

Visited November 2011
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Mililani, Hawaii
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“Interesting hike”
Reviewed November 23, 2011

Sure glad we visited this monument. I learned so much about how Indians lived and survived. Made me want to learn more about Indian culture.

Visited September 2011
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“Amazing!”
Reviewed November 22, 2011

This was our second trip here and we love it. It is so amazing to see all the cliff dwellings, and to even be able to walk inside them. There are a lot of geodes embedded in the rock which were fun to find.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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“Native American ruins”
Reviewed November 17, 2011

well preserved ancient Native dwellings wrapped around the base of an undercut domed hill

Visited November 2011
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Native American ruins”
Reviewed November 17, 2011

well preserved ancient Native dwellings wrapped around the base of an undercut domed hill

Visited November 2011
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This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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