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Walnut Canyon National Monument

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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.
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Walnut Canyon Rd #3, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We were on a Road Scholar's tour of the native america historical sites. Walnut Canyon is a beautiful venue with a walk-able trail getting you excellent views of the historical native american homes in the cliffs.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I make my living taking photos of the national parks and famous landscapes. My work is sold on Getty Images and I have some of my work displayed in galleries in Sedona and Jerome. Walnut Canyon National Monument in northern AZ was one of the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So glad we took the time to visit and walk down along the Island Trail - a unique and delightful experience! Fascinating and scenic. We were pressed for time so just did the Island Trail and then took off for Wupatki National Monument. You could...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank famtravelswest
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Due to knee issues, I couldn't do the hike down the stairs to see the ancient cliff dwellings up close. So we took the much easier hike on a paved path that winds along the rim of the canyon. Amazing history here, as well as...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank sjasis
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice walk thru a cool shaded canyon surrounded by Indian cliff dwellings over 800 year old! Enjoyed walking thru some of these ancient dwellings

Date of experience: November 2018
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Mostly easy hike with small kids. Great views with history. Was chilly in the shade. Nice visitor center.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't miss this if you are in the area, this was a gorgeous canyon with ruins on cliffs. There were lots of stairs so be prepared for a nice hike but on paved trails, it was very well worth the trip and the cost of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had no idea what to expect and this was probably the most breath taking, historical place we visited on our trip. We hiked down to the bottom where you could see how people lived in the 1200s. 23 floors down and up, so have...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank 980abigails
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having been to Mesa Verde in the 4-corners area and then Montezuma's Castle we found this monument very accessible and interesting after an impromptu stop while travelling I-40 from Flagstaff to Winslow. Both trails were interesting and given the moderate temps in November, the steps...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank drb4735
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This a great place to see the Indians Ruins. However this comes with a big caveat. The trip down the valley and up is rigorous. We elected to view the ruins from the top and take an easier trail.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Response from dennisjunesr | Reviewed this property |
There are stairs. And more stairs. Then more. Sorry, any lady that PG should not consider this as casual. The pathways are well defined and we'll maintained. But it is steep and somewhat grueling. Toozigoot and Montezuma... More
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Response from Carrie1999 | Reviewed this property |
II would definitely not take them on the islands trail as it is a 300 stair path to the cliff dwellings which seems unsafe to me. I did not see any children younger than about 10 or 12 when I went. Of course the visitor... More