Walnut Canyon National Monument, Flagstaff

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Nestled along the 2,040 m (6,690 ft) rim of its namesake canyon, Walnut Canyon National Monument gives you the chance to view indigenous dwellings dating back almost 800 years. Spread over more than 2,145 hectares (5,300 acres), the park contains 25 different cliff dwellings built by the Sinagua people. You can wander between these sites using the monument's 1.4 km (0.9 mi) trail looping down the side of the canyon. However, be aware that the hike back to the trailhead involves 240 steps. Plan to see Walnut Canyon National Monument and other attractions that appeal to you using our Flagstaff road trip planning site.
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  • These are by far the most "primitive" ruins I've visited, but Walnut Canyon reveals a complex society that must have also been very physically fit! There are 700+ steps on the tour. I hike and am... 
    These are by far the most "primitive" ruins I've visited, but Walnut Canyon reveals a complex society that must have also been very physically fit! There are 700+ steps on the tour. I hike and am...  more »
  • Fantastic experience. Don’t let the steps scare you away. Take your time going back up and you will be okay. Well worth the effort to get up close to the dwellings. 
    Fantastic experience. Don’t let the steps scare you away. Take your time going back up and you will be okay. Well worth the effort to get up close to the dwellings.  more »
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  • They make it very easy to get around and look at the Hopi dwellings on the sides of the cliffs. Stairs with handrails and set trails. I took the 1 mile trail with 736 stairs but there are several benches along the way if you need to take it slow and catch your breath. Beautiful views. $25 to park just for a heads up unless you have a National Park pass.
  • Absolutely beautiful place to visit! There is one that is very simple and high above that we visited with our dog. The Island Trail doesn’t allow pets. It is strenuous because there are so many stairs, but it was beautiful. I am so grateful I could manage to do it. Breathtaking views of the canyon and views of the dwellings in the cliffs!

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