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“Love steps? Go it's worth it!!!”

Walnut Canyon National Monument
Ranked #1 of 109 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
Reviewed December 22, 2013

Yet another really worthwhile attraction just outside of Flagstaff. As you descend the steps you will think about the trip back up. You will be descending back in tine a you go down. The ruins are worthwhile, but what strikes you is how impossibly difficult daily life must have been for these people. Imagine having to climb this canyon without steps, perhaps multiple times a day, going up or down for water, or food or to tend their crops. Sure makes our lives seem soft.

Thank James S
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

It is amazing to see how these people lived such positive lives in apparently hard times.

The views from the walk ways were amazing. Thank heavens for the hand rails which meant that I could manage to walk all the way down.

It was fantastic.

Thank Margo D
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

Couldn't have been better conditions...clear, temp in the mid-hi 60's, very few people. Lots of steps (240) down...and back up...to the cliff dwellings you can view and enter, but lots of level walking and frequent resting places. The trail was under some resconstruction so we couldn't go all around the island trail, but that didn't detract from the experience. Scenery was great. The more we looked at the canyon wall, the more dwellings we spotted.

Nice view from the rim trail, but take the island trail if you can. I'd visit this place again.

Thank Bob A
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Reviewed December 11, 2013

The canyon has actual cave dwellings where the native people lived 1000 years ago. I recommend the guided tours they have throughout the summer. The hike is good for most members of the family, we noticed some older people struggling up the stairs on the way out of the canyon. There are also fantastic views. You can easily make this a full day trip or combine it with the Meteor Crater and end the day at the Lowell Observatory.

1  Thank Dustin_8M
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Reviewed December 6, 2013

Walnut Canyon National Monument is very close to the city of Flagstaff and well worth the time if you have an hour to spare.

Once you get into the visitor center and pay the $5 admission per person, you are welcomed to do a trail on "the island" in Walnut Canyon.

The trail is quite lovely, takes about 45 minutes roundtrip, though has a lot of stairs. During the trail you see the canyon, cliff dwellings across the canyon, and cliff dwellings right along the trail. You are allowed to enter some of these dwellings which are pretty cool. After you see the dwellings on the trail you turn around (part of the loop was closed for winter for maintenance) you get to go back up the stairs that you came down from. They are not the easiest stairs, but not extremely difficult (though we did see a family of parents and 2 teenagers struggling and complaining on our way back). They really weren't that bad and don't let the stairs be the reason you don't want to visit!

Lastly, the ranger at the counter was extremely nice. While my group went to the bathroom we had a brief conversation with me about the area and what to expect.

Be aware that no one is allowed to enter the trail after 4pm (they close to 5). The doors to the trail are locked (one-way) at 4 on the dot. The parking lot closes at 5.

Also, it was the first week of December when we went and it was quite cold. There was a lot of fog on the drive over and there was snow throughout the trail.

Thank David E
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