3 Walnut Canyon Rd, Flagstaff, AZ, United States
NileGuide Expert tip:
The Island Trail can be quite strenuous, descending 185 vertical feet into the canyon. Take precautions with comfortable shoes and bring water. For an easier walk, stay above the rim on the Rim Trail.
Located about eight miles southeast of Flagstaff
off I-40, Walnut Canyon National Monument offers a fascinating peek into the lives of the people anthropologists have named the Sinagua ("without water"). A strenuous, one-mile walk on the Island Trail gives you a front-row glimpse to the 700-year old cliff dwellings where the Sinagua lived and left their mark. Peer into the past as you take in the 25 cliff dwellings along the trail. You can see more dwellings across the canyon. Even if you are not transfixed by the mystery of the people who built this cliffside pueblo, the lush canyon is the perfect high desert backdrop for your Northern Arizona adventure. The canyon is a valuable habitat for many species of plants and animals, and a gorgeous backdrop for photographers of all stripes.