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Walnut Canyon National Monument
Walnut Canyon National Monument
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Lat: 35.171726
Lon: -111.50928
Ele: 6,644 ft
Weather: ° and (more weather)
Arizona Arizona
Lat: 35.171726   |    Lon: -111.50928   |    Ele: 6,644 ft   |    Current weather: ° and (see monthly averages)
Arizona Arizona

Walnut Canyon National Monument preserves some of the Southwest’s earliest history. Located 10 miles Southeast of Flagstaff, these incredible ruins are shockingly intact and preserved by the park service for anyone to enjoy.

Walnut Canyon National Monument preserves some of the Southwest’s earliest history. Located 10 miles Southeast of Flagstaff, these incredible ruins are shockingly intact and preserved by the park service for anyone to enjoy.

The canyon surrounding the ruins is 600 ft. deep and was created by Walnut Creek, a small water source that eventually flows into the Colorado river in the Grand Canyon. The upper layer of this unique canyon is Kaibab limestone that contain ruins scattered around this ancient rock. Used by the Sinagua cave dwellers in the 12th and 13th century, this site has preserved their homes and gives visitors an up close look at the past.

There are two main trails you can take go around the monument. First is the Rim Trail. This trail, as it sounds, goes along the rim for .7 miles and passes scattered ruins. There is no further altitude change for this one so if you are still getting used to the higher elevation this would be a good place to start. The second trail is the Island Trail. This one is a loop into the canyon that does change elevation. It is a mile long and there are 240 steps to reach the top again. But if you feel up to it, you will pass over 20 ruins. Some in almost their entirety. But as a precaution the National Park Services advices that hikers do not fully enter the ruins due to potentially dangerous rodents of unusual size that could contain plagues and diseases. Best practice is to not touch any wild animal that you encounter in the ruins.

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