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Hike down into Walnut Canyon and walk in the footsteps of the people that lived here over 900 years ago. Under limestone overhangs, the Sinagua built their homes. These single story structures, cliff dwellings, were occupied from about 1100 to 1250. Look down into the canyon and imagine the creek running through. Visualize a woman hiking up from the bottom with a pot of water on her back. Imagine the men on the rim farming corn or hunting deer. Think of a cold winter night with your family huddled around the fire...

Come out and see millions of years of history unraveled in the geology of the rocks. Listen to the canyon wren and enjoy the turkey vultures soaring above. And if you look closely, you may even see an elk or a javelina. With a few different lifezones all together, this canyon has desert cacti growing alongside mountain firs. A truly beautiful place to see!

And it is a sacred place. The people that lived here moved on to become the modern pueblo people of today. Walnut Canyon is one of their ancestral homes. Travel through quietly and carefully. And please, leave no trace.

   

CONTACTS

Email - Flag_-_Walnut_Canyon_2@nps.gov

Fax- (928)527-0246

Write to
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Walnut Canyon Road #3
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Phone
Visitor Information - (928)526-3367

TRAVEL BASICS

Operating Hours, Seasons
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - December, January, February

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - March, April, May

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. - June, July, August

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - September, October, November

Closed December 25

REMINDER: ARIZONA IS ON MOUNTAIN STANDARD TIME YEAR ROUND

Getting There
PLANE - Nearest commercial airport is located in Flagstaff, Arizona.

CAR - Leave I-40 at Exit 204, 7.5 miles (12 km) east of Flagstaff; drive south 3 miles (5 km) to the canyon rim. Warning: Tight turn around for towed vehicles; 40 feet (12 meters) maximum length advisory.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - None available.

Weather & Climate
Be prepared for abrupt weather changes in any season. Expect windy conditions most of the year. Spring is usually mild but heavy snowfall can occur. Summer days are warm with temperatures in the eighties. Afternoon thunderstorms likely July to September. Winter days can be cold, snow and ice can cause temporary closure of the Island Trail.

Accessibility
Accessible restrooms are located at the Visitor Center. Trail accessibility is limited because of terrain. Please contact the park for more information.

Getting Around
Transportation inside the Monument is by personal vehicle, bike (along the roads), or foot.


FACILITIES

Visitor Centers
WALNUT CANYON VISITOR CENTER
Open All Year At least 9am - 5pm Daily
Phone - (928) 526-3367
Location - Leave I-40 at Exit 204, 7.5 miles (12 km) east of Flagstaff; drive south 3 miles (5 km) to the canyon rim. Warning: Tight turn around for towed vehicles; 40 feet (12 meters) maximum length advisory.
Closures - Closed December 25th.
Special Programs - Various ranger programs are offered during June, July and August. Schedules vary. Backcountry hiking is not allowed in order to protect fragile archaeological sites. Two RANGER-GUIDED backcountry hikes are available Memorial Day to Labor Day. RESERVATION ONLY! 1) Saturdays @ 10am - LEDGE HIKE Three hour hike. Strenuous. 2) Sundays and Tuesdays @ 10am - RANGER CABIN WALK Two hour hike. Easy. Call (520) 526-3367 for reservations.
Exhibits - Many exhibits are on display in the museum.
Available Facilities - Bookstore, restrooms and picnic areas. Food, supplies and overnight accomodations are available in Flagstaff.

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Walnut Canyon National Monument.
 Campgrounds Near Walnut Canyon National Monument:
Flagstaff KOA Kampground, Flagstaff, 0 miles away
Greer's Pine Shadows, Flagstaff, 1 miles away
J and H RV Park, Flagstaff, 2 miles away
Little Elden Springs Horsecamp, Flagstaff, 3 miles away
Black Barts RV Park, Flagstaff, 4 miles away
Canyon Vista, Flagstaff, 6 miles away
Schultz Pass Rd, Bellemont, 6 miles away
 Hotels Near Walnut Canyon National Monument:
Hampton Inn Suites Flagstaff East, Flagstaff , 1 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Flagstaff Northeast, Flagstaff , 1 miles away
Sonesta ES Suites Flagstaff, Flagstaff , 1 miles away
Super 8 Flagstaff, Flagstaff , 2 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Flagstaff, AZ, Flagstaff , 2 miles away
Days Inn & Suites East Flagstaff, Flagstaff , 2 miles away
Howard Johnson Inn - Flagstaff, Flagstaff , 2 miles away
 Trails Near Walnut Canyon National Monument:
Walnut Canyon Loop Trail, Coconino County , 5 miles away, 0.7 hiking miles, 405 feet elevation difference
Lava Flow Trail, Coconino County , 8 miles away, 0.6 hiking miles, 71 feet elevation difference
A B Young Trail, Coconino County , 19 miles away, 2 hiking miles, 2179 feet elevation difference
 Ski Areas Near Walnut Canyon National Monument:
Arizona Snowbowl, Arizona , 11 miles away, 2300 foot drop, 4 lifts, 32 runs
Williams, Arizona , 43 miles away, 600 foot drop, 2 lifts, 7 runs
 Whitewater Near Walnut Canyon National Monument:
Whitewater Outfitter - Canyon REO, Coconino County , 4 miles away, Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Rivers & Oceans, Coconino County , 5 miles away, Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Humphrey Summit Ski, Coconino County , 6 miles away, Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Ceiba Adventures, Coconino County , 6 miles away, Whitewater outfitter
Oak Creek, Coconino Yavapai County , 25 miles away, Class -blank- - 35 miles long (Pump Stabove Sedona Cornville to Verde River)
 Public Lands Near Walnut Canyon National Monument:
Wupatki National Monument, Flagstaff - AZ , 0 miles away
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Flagstaff - AZ , 1 miles away
Montezuma Castle National Monument, Camp Verde - AZ , 42 miles away
Slide Rock State Park, Arizona , 21 miles away
Red Rock State Park, Arizona , 29 miles away
Coconino National Forest, Arizona , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Walnut Canyon National Monument:
Continental Country Club, Flagstaff , 2 miles away
Elden Hills Golf Course, Flagstaff , 2 miles away
Continental Golf Course, Flagstaff , 2 miles away
Aspen Valley Golf Club, Flagstaff , 2 miles away
Pine Canyon, Flagstaff , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Walnut Canyon National Monument
Upper Lake Mary, Coconino County , 9 miles away
Ashurst Lake, Coconino County , 17 miles away
Mormon Lake, Coconino County , 18 miles away

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