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Located in Flagstaff, Walnut Canyon National Monument is a natural gem in Central Arizona that offers opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and learn about the past. Among the remarkable geological formations of the canyon itself, 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.
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.
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.
There are plenty of options for staying near Walnut Canyon throughout Flagstaff including hotels, rentals and camping.
Open daily: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed Christmas Day.
* Please verify hours on the website.
Flagstaff Area National Monuments
6400 N Hwy 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004