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“800 Year-Old High-Rise Condos”

Walnut Canyon National Monument
Ranked #1 of 104 things to do in Flagstaff
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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.
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Borrego Springs, California
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372 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 530 helpful votes
“800 Year-Old High-Rise Condos”
Reviewed November 23, 2013

Hundreds of these "condos" were built into and alongside the limestone cliffs of Walnut Canyon some 800 years ago by the Sinagua people. By 1250 AD, just 200 years after they were built, these homes and the canyon were abandoned. As you walk into the canyon, you can see the homes everywhere - what a thriving community it once was! Bring binoculars to enhance the experience. Best on a weekday, early, before the crowds - for an intimate moment with the spirits of this ancient civilization. Excellent visitors center & museum staffed by friendly & knowledgeable docents and rangers.

Visited November 2013
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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351 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
“be ready to climb but worth the steps”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

this is a must see place to me, a true gem... do not recommend for small children or the physically unfit as there are many many steps... sad thing is people ignore the "stay off the walls" signs, and are eroding them much faster than nature

Visited November 2013
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California City, California
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19 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“Mediocre at best”
Reviewed November 15, 2013

The cliff dwellings here are pretty extensive but we were unable to actually visit them since the trail was under construction for rehabilitation and repair. Without the up close view of the dwellings it was a disappointing journey. The trail to the bottom of the canyon offers some spectacular views and quite a bit of huffing and puffing on the return trip. The stairs are quite a trial.

Visited February 2013
Thank Alicia M
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Keighley, United Kingdom
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257 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“Really worth the effort”
Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

All over Arizona you come across ancient cliff dwellings and they are all interesting.

Walnut Canyon, however, is unique in allowing you to walk right up close to, and in some cases into, these dwellings which somehow brings the whole thing to life.

The rangers are very welcoming and they will run a video presentation if you ask which really helps prepare you.

The walk around the "Island" involves a lot of steps down and, therefore, a lot to climb back up so make sure you take plenty of water with you and take your time.

It is worth the effort and this was one of our favourite sights out if three weeks touring Arizona and Utah. Highly recommended!

Visited September 2013
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Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
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101 reviews
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“Very interesting!”
Reviewed November 14, 2013

Loved this place, tho the climb up and down is not for the feint of heart. 247 stairs, steep ones, going up 185' in a hurry, can test your physical being, but... There are lots of resting zones, and it's so worth it. The views are great, the "caves" are fascinating, there is a very good display inside including a movie. There were a lot of helpful rangers around as well. Well worth the 247 stairs, really, take your time

Visited November 2013
Thank Shannon Y
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