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Walnut Canyon National Monument

Central Arizona, Arizona

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  • The view of Walnut Canyon from the visitor center.- Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • Native American dwellings viewed from a distance, just below the visitor center.- Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • The same Native American dwellings from the previous picture, zoomed out.- Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • The Island Trail is visible at the center of this picture.- Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • Canyon walls viewed from the Island Trail with numerous Native American houses built within them.- Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • Canyon walls viewed from the Island Trail with numerous Native American houses built within them.- Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • Native American structures are freely accessible from the Island Trail.- Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • Adventurers observing the dwellings up close.- Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • Observing the dwellings up close.- Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • Many of the ancient Native American structures are accessible right off the paved Island Trail.- Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • Many of the ancient Native American structures are accessible right off the paved Island Trail.- Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • The variety of foliage around Walnut Canyon.- Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • If one looks close, numerous Native American structures can be seen across Walnut Canyon. This picture is from the Island Trail looking east.- Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • A picnic area near the visitor center.- Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • An ADA-accessible trail leads to a Native American structure near the visitor center and parking area.- Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • A Native American pithouse. This is also ADA accessible and located near the parking area.- Walnut Canyon National Monument
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Pros: 
Well-preserved and very accessible Native American dwellings. Family friendly. Informative visitor center. Close to Flagstaff and I-40.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Central Arizona, AZ
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Walnut Canyon has a generic name that may fail to captivate the average adventurer to visit the area. Despite this, Walnut Canyon National Monument is one of Arizona's finest collections of Native American dwellings. Additionally, while there is not a real sense of solitude at this small park, the crowds are surprisingly low for how remarkable of an area it is - it is also right off of Interstate 40 just minutes from downtown Flagstaff!

Descendants of the Hopi people inhabited this area about 800 years ago, and they farmed on the surface of the plateau that the narrow Walnut Canyon cuts through. Approximately 400 feet below the rim the Walnut Creek provided a consistent supply of fresh water. In the walls of the canyon are the remnants of the homes of these Native Americans. Some are viewable on the far side of the canyon, while several others can be viewed from the Island Trail. The ruins on this trail are in relatively great shape, and unlike other, perhaps more well-known sites in Arizona such as Montezuma Castle, visitors may explore the inside of these old homes up close and personally.

Walnut Canyon is very worth the visit if one is in the Flagstaff area. Still, it is a small monument and most people can spend an hour or two visiting and experience all of the interpretive trails and the visitor center, which is extremely informative. There is no camping or lodging available here, although there is some day use RV and trailer parking available. Additionally, pets are strictly prohibited from all trails in the monument; leashed pets are allowed near the parking area.

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