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“Interesting, good scenery and good exercise”

Walnut Canyon National Monument
Ranked #1 of 106 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 older children, Activities for young children
Atlanta, Georgia
Level 5 Contributor
97 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Interesting, good scenery and good exercise”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

This national monument is excellent to visit as you get to walk around some of the cliff dwellings and get a good sense of what life must have been like. The walk is mildly strenuous and the steps back up to the entrance would be equivalent to a good aerobic workout.

Visited April 2013
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McTown Texas
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156 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Tough walk but worth it!”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

We took the 185 step steep hike around the pueblo ruins. Very steep with dramatic views. It was heart-stoppingly beautiful.

Visited April 2013
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Very convenient to Flag”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

I like that it is the closest national monument to flag, has a smooth concrete path and viewing areas so that strollers, wheel chairs or those that simply can't do the island trail steps can enjoy the canyon view. I've been here a half dozen times and usually see mule deer, squirrels, etc...

Visited March 2013
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Poway, CA
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Nice walk in Walnut Canyon”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

Don't be scared off by the reviews that talk about the steps. They are well maintained concrete steps with hand railings. Just take your time and you will be fine. Canyon is very scenic and has many cliff dwellings...not large multistory abodes like some cliff structures because these are fitted underneath sculpted sandstone overhangs. Heard there were more than 300 within the area. Trail goes around a peninsula type land form that they are calling an island. You walk past multiroom one story structures and see many others on the opposite of the gorge.

Visited April 2013
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Rochester, New York
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100 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Very worthwhile stop”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

Minimal entrance fee. Picturesque canyon with many old cliff dwellings. Not the big kind you see more to the south but houses made in rows under layers of overhanging rock. See pics. There is a rim trail (which we did not take) that would be better for the stair challenged. We took the Island Loop trail which begins and ends with 240 steps and more steps as you circle around an island/peninsula of rock in the canyon. This trail gives you views to all parts of the canyon and the cliff dwellings around the island and on the canyon walls. Trail is well maintained but there are MANY steps. Plan accordingly.

Visited April 2013
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