In Walnut Canyon, visitors can hike back in time nearly 700 years. Now that's a workout! Originating at the visitors ... More
Walnut Canyon National Monument
In Walnut Canyon, visitors can hike back in time nearly 700 years. Now that's a workout! Originating at the visitors center, a rugged three-quarter-mile off-trail hike leads to cliff dwellings that stand unspoiled in the cover of the beautiful canyon walls. The strong of heart can hike deeper into the canyon on Island Trail, a breathtaking 85-foot descent into 25 rooms where American Indians once lived in the shadow of the cliffs. Bring your most reliable shoes and your spirit of adventure.
I went to the canyon years ago and was excited to take my family. We got there only to find that a land slide had damaged the trial and you are not allowed down into the canyon. They said they expect it to be open by 2009, but call first.
Within a short drive East of Flagstaff, lies a hidden treasure of the National Park system. Beautiful vistas and a wonderful history of how the Native Americans lived in this area and survived from day to day. Shouldn't be missed.
I have lived in Flagstaff two years and only about 5 miles from Walnut Canyon and had never been until recently. It's one of the most under-rated attractions in N. AZ. It's simply gorgeous and the walk down the steps is great.
Take your time and sit on one of the many benches along the way and take in the wonder of this ancient place.
Really, a MUST see. I will be taking all future visitors here FIRST!
My wife and I had not set out to visit this place, we happened on it by chance. But I found it to be a fascinating adventure. I think the descent into the canyon gives a feeling of being removed from the feeling of modern time. As though the inhabitants would all be returning shortly with their belongings to fire up the fireplaces and prepare a meal. There were not many visitors there that day an the silence added to the feeling that time had stood still.
You'll walk down steps and back (the hard part) but is is all paved and cememted steps with rails. An easy walk for most. Views our awesome and the site interesting. Not as good as Anasazi mountain ruins but certainly worth seeing and much easier to get to.
Walnut Canyon is worth a stop. Assuming most travelers will be heading to the Grand Canyon, or south to Sedona or Phoenix, this is a beautiful place to stop.
There is a slight amount of walking involved, but nothing too strenous for the average person. Bring a bottle of water and you should be fine.
Ancient Indian cliff dwellings are nestled into the walls of this scenic canyon. I would highly recommend this park as a scenic detour.
Even without the ruins nestled among the cliffs, this canyon would be worth a visit just for its natural beauty and scenery. The ruins just add to the experience. They are nestled in with the cliffs so that as you are walking among the ruins along one side of the canyon, you are spying many other ruins hiding on the other side. The ominous-sounding "240 steps" are actually an easy hike and benches are provided for resting. We encountered a very knowledgeable park volunteer who gave us some extra insight into the area.
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