Walnut Canyon National Monument


Contact Information:

Flagstaff Area National Monuments - WACA
6400 N. Hwy 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
(928) 526-3367

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Walnut Canyon National Monument
Frommer'sŪ National Parks of the American West
Fodor's Official Guide to America's National Parks, 12th Edition
Frommer'sŪ Family Vacations in the National Parks

Walnut Canyon National MonumentHike down into Walnut Canyon and walk in the footsteps of the people that lived here over 900 years ago. Under limestone overhangs, the Sinagua built their homes. These single story structures, cliff dwellings, were occupied from about 1100 to 1250. Look down into the canyon and imagine the creek running through. Visualize a woman hiking up from the bottom with a pot of water on her back. Imagine the men on the rim farming corn or hunting deer. Think of a cold winter night with your family huddled around the fire.

Come out and see millions of years of history unraveled in the geology of the rocks. Listen to the canyon wren and enjoy the turkey vultures soaring above. And if you look closely, you may even see an elk or a javelina. Different lifezones overlap here, mixing species that usually live far apart. In this canyon, desert cacti grow alongside mountain firs. A truly beautiful place to see!

And it is a sacred place. The people that lived here moved on to become the modern pueblo people of today. Walnut Canyon is one of their ancestral homes.

Allow at least 2 hours to see the museum, hike down to the cliff dwellings, and walk the Rim Trail. The Island Trail descends 185 feet (56m) into the canyon providing access to 25 cliff dwelling rooms. The trail, a strenuous .9 mile (1.4km) round trip, is one of the best ways to experience the park.

Individual - $5.00 for 7 days
Flagstaff Area Annual Pass - $25
Valid at Sunset Crater Volcano, Wupatki, and Walnut Canyon National Monuments. Admits pass hold and 3 adults (16 years and older).

Getting There:
Leave I-40 at Exit 204, 7.5 miles (12 km) east of Flagstaff; drive south 3 miles (5 km) to the canyon rim.