Walnut Canyon National Monument

Located in Flagstaff, Walnut Canyon National Monument is a natural gem in central Arizona that offers opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and learn about the past. Among the remarkable geological formations of the canyon, the former homes of ancient inhabitants are easily evident. Along the trails you can imagine life within Walnut Canyon, while visiting actual pueblos and walking in the steps of those who came before.

History & Nature

Marvel at the mystery of Walnut Canyon. Within the canyon, you’ll see cliff dwellings that were abandoned about 800 years ago. Imagine the people, the lifestyle, and what ended it all. Hike to enjoy the great outdoors. Then, visit the observatory to learn about the natural environment and the people who called this canyon home.

A cliff dwelling structure is framed by a hiking trail and Ponderosa pine trees.
Walnut Canyon (Credit: Micah Adams)

Things To Do

While you’re on a hike on one of the well-carved trails, you’ll find photography opportunities at every bend. Either through your photo lens or your binoculars, expect wildlife. Since there’s minimal human development and a source of water, animals have created an ecosystem here. You might spot coyotes, mule deer, rabbits, squirrels and more. There’s also an abundance of birds to work your way through your bird sighting bucket list—at least 121 species.

If you’d rather take it easy, visit the observatory for a great view of it all, and to delve into the details of the area’s rich history.

Hotels, Lodging & Camping

There are plenty of options for staying near Walnut Canyon throughout Flagstaff including hotels, rentals and camping.

Hours & Pricing

Open daily: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed Christmas Day.

* Please verify hours on the website.

Entrance Fees:

  • Adult (16 and over): $15/7 days
  • Children (under 16): FREE

For More Information

Flagstaff Area National Monuments
6400 N Hwy 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
(928) 526-3367

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