Walnut Canyon National Monument

Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Date: December 5, 2013

Walnut Canyon

Walnut Canyon National Monument near Flagstaff protects Sinagua ruins from around 1100 to 1250 CE at the bottom of the 350-foot deep canyon. A one mile trail descends from the visitor center on the canyon rim to the ruins, and another short trail goes along the rim.


During my visit the trail into the canyon was closed due to some ice, but the trail along the rim was open. So it turned out that the best view of the ruins I was able to get was from inside the visitor center. The rim trail really only has views of the canyon, and you couldn't make out any ruins in the canyon with the low sun and snow cover. However there are a few ruins along the rim that I could get to, but these were pretty average looking ruins. If I am in the area again I definitely need to try to get down into the canyon.

Walnut Canyon

Ruins along the rim

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