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Walnut Canyon National Monument

6400 North Highway 89

Walnut Canyon National Monument was established by President Woodrow Wilson on November 30, 1915, to preserve ancient cliff dwellings. Initially managed by the US Forest Service, the monument was transferred to the National Park Service in 1934. Today a variety of archeological and natural resources are preserved on approximately 3600 acres.Understanding of earlier populations comes from multiple perspectives, including the traditional history of the people themselves and interpretations by archeologists of structures and artifacts that remain. The park has a good visitor center with a small museum; the building is perched on the cliff edge and enjoys panoramic views east and west.

 Many of the ancient dwellings were built around a U-shaped meander in the canyon, where the creek circles around three sides of a high rocky plateau, almost creating an 'island', and this region now forms the central attraction of the national monument. There are many other ruins in the 20 by 10 mile area but none are accessible to the public. visitors can See millions of years of history unraveled in the geology of the rocks at this popular scenic and historic hiking area,


Luke James

Sunday, July 8, 2018
We loved walking the trail and seeing the amazing views in Walnut Canyon. The lives lived in these cliffs must have been amazing! The park is easily accessible. The hike is steep in places (stairs) but doable. The kids were able to really grasp how these people lived, as they could go in and out of the dwellings (but don’t touch). Helpful signage and markers along the way. We hiked counter-clockwise and the first half was cool and shady.

Vanessa Glady

Sunday, July 22, 2018
I love this place, so peaceful and so amazing! Just be aware there are lots and lots of stairs so make sure you allow time to go up them slowly because going down is easy! You are in the mountains and the sun reflects off the rocks so its warm. Carry water, wear a hat, and use suntan lotion and bring a camera. Take the mile walk on the rim as well. The walk around is wheelchair friendly and you will be able to see the pueblo ruins from there. One of the main reasons I walk the trail at the top of the rim is to see all of the wildlife including the vultures and hawks as they ride the winds in the area.There are more pueblo ruins you'll be able to see in the canyon from the walk at the top and there is a pit house ruin on the walk at the top. The Rangers are wonderful and knowledgeable. The restrooms are always clean and are on the outside on the front of the visitors center. The visitors center is also wheelchair friendly.

Angela F

Sunday, June 24, 2018
Love visiting any national park. Rangers were great with kids. Lot of stairs here, take water and your hat. Going back up is harder. Wonderful ruins to see up close and even across the canyon. This site has always been one of my favorites.

Gita R

Friday, July 27, 2018
Great trails (paved) that allow you to explore the canyon rim or the cliff dwellings in the canyon itself. Excellent signage to explain both the history of the local settlement and local plant use. Well worth a visit. Beautiful too

Amanda Glaspie

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018
We did the canyon loop which was just beautiful. I was expecting only the canyon but was pleasantly surprised to see the canyon dwelling homes. There were steps for the main hike but there were other trails that had no steps. Would go back again to try the other trails if I am in Arizona again.

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