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“Interesting cliff dwellings no crowds”

Walnut Canyon National Monument
Ranked #1 of 104 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
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Interesting cliff dwellings no crowds”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

Be sure to take water with you down into the canyon even if it feels cool. There are over 200+ steps down. Take it slow coming up. There are many cliff dwellings in the area. These have fewer visitors.

Visited July 2013
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Stony Point, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Two options offered”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

Walnut Canyon offers 2 trails - one that was good for the members of the group who did not mind heights that brought them up close to the ancient dwellings and the other more suited to those of us who have a fear of heights which offered a view from the canyon rim of the dwellings. There is a short film in the visitor center and a small museum. We were very happy that we detoured to visit this site.

Visited July 2013
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Hudson, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great experience for entire family!”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

We made the short (10 min) drive from Flagstaff and were glad we did! The movie in the Visitor's Center was worth the time, provided a great overview of the history of the area. The highlight for my kids (7 and 10) was the walk down the 240 steps to see - and go inside - the ancient dwellings. Total visit time was less than two hours.

Visited July 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Cliff Dwellings are SO FUN!”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

I was visiting a friend in Flagstaff and we had already done Sedona and the Grand Canyon. The last day I was there we were looking for things to do and realized that Walnut Canyon was right around the corner!

We hit the Island Trail, lots of steps, but we stayed hydrated and we were fine! It was amazing to see how people lived in these cliffs and you can even go in some of the rooms! It makes it easier to imagine living in a little room on the side of a canyon (I personally would be scared of falling off)!

While on the trail we ran into a park ranger who told us about the wildlife in the park! We were thrilled as we usually use Google as a resource for questions like this and the guide was just willing to answer a lot of things we were wondering about!

Visiting a park like this just leads to so much discussion on how different life is now than it was then! It truly is a thought provoking trip with great scenery! Definitely different than the Grand Canyon and definitely worth a trip!

Visited October 2012
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Cool cliff dwellings near Flagstaff”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

These ancient cliff dwellings are located in an isolated, forested canyon just east of Flagstaff off Interstate 40. A paved, looped-trail descends into the canyon and passes by a series of cliff dwellings that you can go into. You can still see the black stains in the dwellings that were made by the fires of the people who lived there. The hike is short, but it can get hot during the summer so it's a good idea to take some water.

Visited July 2013
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