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Walnut Canyon National Monument
Walnut Canyon National Monument

Walnut Canyon National Monument

Walnut Canyon National Monument is a beautiful natural attraction in Arizona.

Famed for its ancient cliff dwellings and spectacular rock formations, visitors are invited to come and appreciate these stunning geological wonders in the canyon.

Walnut Canyon National Monument, History, Fees, Hours, Trails & Map

There are two trails within the monument – the Island Trail and Rim Trail. A one-mile trip around the Island Trail will take you to a major highlight of the canyon: the 25 impressive cliff dwellings, where it’s easy to imagine the life of the Sinagua people who lived in these areas over 700 years ago – home to a pueblo community.

The Island Trail is rather strenuous and not recommended for visitors who are not used to elevations of 7,000 feet. Though the Walnut Canyon National Monument trail is paved, it is not accessible by wheelchair because the terrain is very steep and features many stairs. It is closed during icy or snowy weather.

However, the Rim Trail may be safer for those with limited mobility. It takes you to the first overlook, and the trail is relatively flat and well-paved. During the summer, visitors are encouraged to explore the demonstration garden featuring crops that were cultivated by the Sinagua. Regardless of which trail you take, keep in mind that it’s important to stay on the established trails; do not lean or climb on any of the walls as this is important to help preserve the canyon and dwellings.

Two accessibility lifts are available at the Walnut Canyon National Monument visitor center. The lifts can take you to the museum, association store, as well as indoor and outdoor observation areas where you can appreciate the views and cliff dwellings from a safe distance.

Walnut Canyon National Monument is a great idea for a day trip. Be sure to arrive in the proper clothing and shoes for safety and enjoyment in the outdoors.

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