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Walnut Canyon National Monument Flagstaff

Where is it at?

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Walnut Canyon National Monument
3 Walnut Canyon Road
Flagstaff
AZ
86004
Tel: 928 526-3367

Directions

Walnut Canyon National Monument is located approximately 7.5 miles (12km) east of Flagstaff. To reach Walnut Canyon from Flagstaff, travel east on Interstate 40 toward Albuquerque. Take Exit 204, and head south. The Walnut Canyon Visitor Center is located at the end of this 3 mile road. Don't use GPS as it isn't reliable, and can lead you down Forest Road 303, which is unmaintained and not often safe.

Where are we going today?

Arizona has some incredible scenery, and Walnut Canyon National Monument could be one of the best.

Here, this natural wonder lets you gaze around curved canyon walls, explore the extraordinary geological formations of the canyon itself, and even look into the history books of ancient inhabitants  which you can easily spot.

Within this national monument, there are also many trails where you can delve deeper into the great outdoors, and imagine what life would have been like within Walnut Canyon thousands of years before.

You can even visit the actual pueblos, and walk in the steps of history.

Sound amazing? That's because it is!

The best place to start your day at Walnut Canyon National Monument is at the Visitor Center. Here, you can not only check out which areas of the monument are best for you, but you can start to learn all about the history and geology at the museum exhibits, and see some of the artifacts found within the area. 

During much of the year, the monument offer interpretive ranger talks and guided walks, so make sure you check out the schedule too!

There are two key trails within the area too, which you can explore, and that take you past some pretty incredible sights, including 25 cliff dwellings!

The great outdoors really is great in Flagstaff, and it's a fascinating day out for the whole family, so why not get out there and explore!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$8 for over 16s
  • Free Under: 15 years
LAST UPDATED 2017

When can we go?

9am - 5pm Nov - June. 8am open June - Oct

Open daily, except Christmas.

I'm Hungry!

There isn't any food service in the monument, but you are more than welcome to take a picnic!.

Healthy Eating!

Take plenty of bottled water .

Any Top Tips?

Most of Arizona doesn't observe daylight savings, so the park stay on Mountain Standard Times year round.

Need a little extra help?

The Visitor Center restrooms are accessible, but no wheelchairs on the Island Trail. The Rim Trail is accessible to the first overlook, but not beyond there. .

More information

The entry to park trails end one hour before the monument does,.

What people are saying?

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    You can't pass up the amazing ancient ruins and heart-pounding natural views! I highly recommend doing both the island trail (do this one first, it's much more effort) and the rim trail. At the end of the rim trail we even saw a family of white tailed deer. The entry fee is $8 per person, but you might as well just buy your annual pass ($80), it's good for 4 adults!

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    It's amazing to see how people were able to make a living on the side of a canyon. The trail through the canyon is paved now and very easy to traverse. He prepared for a ton of stairs though, 240 I believe. Visitor center is decent and Rangers were very good especially with the kids.

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    When we visited Walnut Canyon National Monument in May, the path to see the cliff dwellings up close was closed for renovation. But we did get to walk the rim trail and with high-powered binoculars, were able to view the dwellings from afar. It was absolutely amazing, and I highly recommend a stop to anyone in the area. The rim trail is easy, and accessible. We had a picnic lunch under a tree, and found ruins that were yet to be fully excavated. History abounds at Walnut Canyon National Monument.

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    We visited last February and loved the scenery. The park staff were friendly and courteous.
    Nice mild hike up and down to view some awesome sites.
    Enjoy!!!

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    Fascinating national monument, just outside of Flagstaff, off I-40. Great visitor's center with educational displays. A well marked paved path, with a hundred plus steps, down to the ruins. The dwellings were built right into the cliff wall at the same elevation all along the cliff. Amazing to see.

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