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Walnut Canyon National Monument
Ranked #1 of 112 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed March 18, 2014

What an amazing trip to make! If you love history, definitely check it out. People might be calling it a small site, but it's stunning. Yes, the ruins aren't huge, but the real treat is seeing where they are. You hike down and around a huge rock platform and get great views of the valley. It's fantastic to try and imagine the people living there. The staff was extremely friendly, but be wary - it is a tough climb back up to the center. Around 280 steps - very steep. (They do have nice paths though.) I, personally, would never bring children on this trail.

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Reviewed March 17, 2014

Friend knows I love history and so we went here. He is not inclined to like heights so I had to descend the steps alone and explore. It was AMAZING with the views but I kept thinking 'I have to go UP too!' You can see where the Indians lived hundreds of years ago and it really piques the ol imagaination - and even see their homes on the other side of the amazing canyon. I liked the occasional signage about what I was seeing. Going up - even for me and I am quite fit and hike all the time - was slow and exhausting. They provide many benches and you can certainly take your time but if you are older and NOT fit, I'd say stand in the foyer outside of the tourist center and take pics and enjoy THAT.

2  Thank jansjourneys
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

This is a wonderful site. If you have seen the smaller, more arid sites outside Sedona you will find the scal of Walnut Canyon to be eye-opening. The "long walk" down the 240 steps is rigorous for those who are a bit on the obese and sedentary side. For those who are weight appropriate and have sound knees it isn't a big dseal. DO NOT BRING SMALL CHILDREN! The fences are quite solid but they do not run down to the ground. Rather, they are "old style" public park fences, two rungs of tubular steel. They are right up to the rim and a small child could easily slip away from even thre most attentive guardian, dart under the lowest level and plunge into the canyon.

1  Thank Justvisiting1950
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

We were so glad we stopped there. The hike down into the canyon includes 240 steps. Then you walk around an “island” in the canyon with cliff dwellings all around. You can step inside some of the rooms and explore. Most are small. Their location under the overhanging rock protected them from the weather. It is a wonderful place with a fascinating history.

1  Thank Bill C
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Reviewed March 13, 2014

We weren't really sure what a "National Monument" was so we pulled off the road to find it. Turns out a National Monument is just like a National Park, a place! The difference between a National Park and a National Monument is the President of the U.S.can declare an area of the U.S. to be a National Monument without the approval of Congress.
We were so glad we stopped there. The views were incredible and you can walk down to the cliff dwellings and actually go inside! Beware, there are over 200 steps down so if you are not prepared to climb back up them don't go all the way down. We were there in the winter and the weather was great. I would think that it would be a real challenge climbing up all those steps in the summer heat. We spent a few hours hiking, the staff there was very nice and we even met a very nice staff member on the trail who answered all our questions.

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