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Walnut Canyon National Monument, Coconino County, Arizona

Posted on September 23, 2015 at 12:45 AM

Walnut Canyon National Monument, Coconino County, Arizona

Inhabited by the Sinagua culture 800 years ago, this astounding monument now preserved for your study offers genuine views of breathtaking geological cliff formations, canyon walls of limestone conjoining great ruins of historic times.

My words can offer description to strike imagination, but my photos simply don’t serve it justice. Your own eyes will not deceive you. Walk the slightly steep 240-step, Island Trail with side-rails from the visitor center to the ruin walls themselves. This interpretive trail guides your through the lives of an ancient era and will truly cause you to wonder how the Sinagua not only survived, but thrived in the walls of the canyon.

Take a drive to 7000’ feet and enjoy Arizona’s high country in the town of Flagstaff. Visit the Lowell Observatory sign-in at the Arizona Trail and drop by to experience Walnut Canyon National Monument.


From Flagstaff, head east on Interstate 40 toward Albuquerque take Exit 204 and turn south.

Walnut Canyon Visitor Center is 3 miles from the turn.

From Phoenix, I-17N to Flagstaff.

Commercial airport is located in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Open All Year

Hours Vary, Call ( 928 ) 526-3367

Check Website For Fees-

This Monument is highly inaccessible to wheelchairs and/or strollers.

A portion of the Arizona Trail is marked 2 miles south of the monument. Camping and campfires are prohibited.

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