Road trip Walnut Canyon National Monument

Road trip to Walnut Canyon National Monument

Less than a 30 minute drive East on Hwy 89 from Flagstaff is the historic Walnut Canyon National Monument. This national monument is a breathtaking experience hiking down through the ruins and being up close to the dwellings, stunning landscape and wonderful guides and visitor center. It’s a worthwhile stop if you are passing through Flagstaff to discover the amazing wonders of Walnut Canyon.

 

Road trip Walnut Canyon National Monument

 

Panoramic view of Walnut Canyon from above

 

Panorama of Walnut Canyon National Monument

A panorama of Walnut Canyon National Monument

Exploring Walnut Canyon

Once you enter the park, most first time visitors should stop by the visitors center which has a commanding view of the Canyon, cliff dwellings and other scenic panoramas. The center has a variety of dioramas, displays and artifacts, history and other information panels along with a front staff of volunteers and rangers to help explain the history and Sinagua people and culture..

Tip – make sure you watch the excellent video about this national monument and the history of the Sinagua People that lived and farmed in this area.

 

 

 

Walking down the stairs to the main cliff dwellings of Walnut Canyon

Walking down the stairs to the main cliff dwellings of Walnut Canyon

 

Wildflower blooms at Walnut Canyon

 

Wildflower blooms at Walnut Canyon National Monument

Hike to the cliff dwellings

In order to explore the cliff dwellings at Walnut Canyon, you have to walk down a set of stairs almost to the bottom of the canyon where the most of the dwellings are located mid way up the canyon walls. The walk down is scenic with beautiful cactus and other local flora with striking views around Walnut Canyon and surrounding area.

Tip – It is easy to walk down the stairs to the ruins, but a real work out getting back up to the visitors center, so do take water, sunscreen and other provisions for sun, wind or rain which happens regularly.

 

 

 

Stair climb down to the cliff dwellings at Walnut Canyon National Monument

 

 

 

 

 

Walking through cliff dwellings at Walnut Canyon National Monument

 

 

 

 

The cliff dwellings at Walnut Canyon National Monument

 

The pathways are paved and skirt through many of the ruins and you can also enter through many of the intact dwellings. There are information displays located throughout the site giving some nice details and stories about the Sinagua people and how they survived the harsh summer and winter climate at Walnut Canyon.

 

 

Inside a cliff dwelling at Walnut Canyon National Monument

Looking across Walnut Canyon National Monument

Walnut Canyon nature studies and landscapes details

I love to stop and capture detailed studies with my camera to show the minute details and natural environment while I’m passing through. It really is exciting to explore this canyon and discover these gems along the trails when I’m visiting the site. Below are some of the unique finds and focused studies of hiking through the canyon ruins that caught my eye while visiting Walnut Canyon.

 

 

Walnut Canyon National Monument details and nature studies

 

 

 

 

 

Walnut Canyon National Monument agave details and nature studies

Walnut Canyon National Monument tree bark details and nature studies

 

 

Walnut Canyon National Monument nature studies

 

 

 

 

Other places to visit around the Flagstaff region

For information about visiting Walnut Canyon National Monument, check out their website here for more details.

North of Flagstaff is the loop route going through Waputki National Monument and Sunset Crater National Monuments, check out my post here about the road trip, images and historic places to visit in this area.

Check out my post about visiting the Montezuma castle and Cliff dwellings here more this fascinating look at the Sinagua cliff dwellings in this region.

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Where to stay in around Flagstaff area

Flagstaff is a great base to discover this rich area of historic treasures and wonderful national parks and monuments.  Hotels tend to be clustered towards the outskirts of the downtown area or along the Highway 89 Corridor. You can check out the latest prices and reviews on Trip Advisor here for more details. Or check out the express deals and name price through Priceline here.

 

 

Rental car listings for your visit to Flagstaff and Wupatki National Monument

Rental car for your road trip to Walnut Canyon & Flagstaff attractions

There are plenty or rental car companies to choose from Phoenix area if you are planning on taking a drive up from the south, but there are also a variety of car rental companies if you plan on flying into Flagstaff to stay and do some road trips in the area. You can check out the latest prices to these car rental sites below for the most competitive prices on your rental car.

Priceline car rentals – click here for latest prices.

Travelocity car rentals – click here for latest prices.

 

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4 Responses to Road trip Walnut Canyon National Monument

  1. Marilyn Jones May 11, 2017 at 5:32 am #

    Your photography is always so inspiring…beautiful; thank you for sharing!

  2. Tam Warner Minton May 9, 2017 at 4:36 am #

    As always, great photos, and new knowledge! A perfect combination!

  3. Linda May 8, 2017 at 10:16 pm #

    As a biophiliac landscape lover – this looks heaven!

  4. Doreen Pendgracs May 8, 2017 at 4:45 pm #

    Wonderful photos, Noel. I would love to visit the Walnut Canyon.thx for sharing.

I look forward to hearing from you and continuing our discussion with any comment you would like to add

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