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!
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.Get directions
$8 for over 16s
There isn't any food service in the monument, but you are more than welcome to take a picnic!
Most of Arizona doesn't observe daylight savings, so the park stay on Mountain Standard Times year round
Take plenty of bottled water
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.
The entry to park trails end one hour before the monument does,