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“Cliff Dwellings, Very Cool so Do it!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Walnut Canyon National Monument

Walnut Canyon National Monument
Ranked #1 of 100 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 young children, Activities for older children
Kitchener, Canada
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Cliff Dwellings, Very Cool so Do it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2011

this is a great place to spend a few hours. there are several places to view cliff dwellings in this area of arizona, we chose this one because you can actually go into them. lots of excercise going down to the island trail, but well worth it. it's really cool to have a look inside these cliff dwellings, but you're also amazed as you look across the canyon to see ones that aren't accessible. the canyon walls are littered with cliff dwellings. there is also a trail that allows you to look into the canyon without traversing the steps.

Visited January 2011
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Boca Raton, Florida
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“Perfect pitstop on the way to Grand Canyon from Sedona/Flagstaff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2010

I had no idea of the incredible view this place has to offer.
The native Americans who once inhabited this area were very intelligent. Having their homes halfway built for them and available water at the bottom of the canyon made this place look like an oasis. The great thing about this place is you get to actually walk into the small rooms which these Native Americans built 1000 years ago! You'll see remnants of ancient pottery that was used! An awesome and easy hike down into the canyon (about 1 hour). Make sure you watch the 15 minute video before entering the canyon about the history of the area.

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Newville, Pennsylvania
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“Don't bypass Walnut Canyon on your way to the Grand Canyon.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2010

We just returned from a week in Arizona. We visited Montezuma Castle and Chapel of the Holy Cross our first day. Then we went to Walnut Canyon and walked the 240 steps down to the canyon island to see the dwellings of the Sinagua people. The Island Trail is 0.9 mi. trail that passes 25 cliff dwelling rooms. The 240 steps up to the Visitor Center is a good aerobic workout. We then traveled to Sunset Crater and Wupatki Ruins. For a scenic drive around the San Francisco Peaks, we turned onto FR 552, opposite the entrance to Sunset Crater. In a short distance, we followed FR 418 and later FR 151 to RT 180 which took us to Grand Canyon Village. The FR roads were dirt and a bit bumpy, but the views of the snow-dusted San Francisco peaks were beautiful.
Unfortunately, we did not see any wildlife, but the elk and mule deer we saw at the Grand Canyon more than made up for this. We spent two nights at the Grand Canyon and then went to Chinle where we stayed two nights. We had a full-day tour of the Canyon de Chelly which I would recommend if you want to see the ruins and the beauty of the canyon from within. We stopped at Hubbell Trading Post and the Petrified Forest on our way to Holbrook, where we stayed at the Wigwam Motel. What fun! We left Holbrook and drove to Phoenix by way of Salt River Canyon - a very scenic drive. We had an enjoyable visit to the Phoenix Zoo before we had to return home. If you are over 62, remember you can buy a National Parks Pass for $10.00. We saved $95.00 on this trip using my pass.

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“I highly recommend going”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2010

we were going to head out to meteor crater but i wanted to see Indian ruins, this place was only one mile out of Flagstaff and you pass it on the way out to the crater
this was really my favorite Arizona site(we also saw the grand canyon and meteor crater)

the view of the canyon is so beautiful and being able to take the path that lets you touch a couple of the cliff dwellings was fantastic,the canyon itself is remarkable I loved it my husband who did not care one way or the next if we saw ruins told me he was really glad we stopped our teenagers enjoyed it as well
you do have to hike down a lot of stairs ,which means coming back up, which did not agree with a group of people who passed us there is a lovely view from several points that do not require any hiking at all ,but really unless you are physically unable you must walk the trail
we saw lizards and weird plants with big fruits which I later found out were Yuccas
it cost 5 dollars a person,15 and under were free

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Anchorage, Alaska
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49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Place to go to learn more”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2010

Walnut Canyon NM proves to be a very interessting and educational place to learn more about the cliff dwelling Indians who made their homes there. It also a pretty good work out as well since you climbed down 180 feet of stairs, and hike around this "island" before coming back up again. Care should be taken at all times since these trails are not exactly children friendly. But the dwellings were great, information given proves to be useful and you wonder how these Indians got around their community. I am more or less inclined to believe that they had some sort of rope bridges to move aroud their community.

It is interesting to listened to the whines of the children as they have to climb back up. I wondered how the Indian children would be treated if they whined like that?

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