Canyon National Monument
Walnut Canyon Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86004-9705
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 adviszory.
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
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. Different
lifezones overlap here, mixing species that usually live far apart.
In this canyon, desert cacti grow 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.
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)
provided a work force to implement the National Park Service's
Master Plan. In order to preserve the natural character of a
landscape, roads, trails and buildings were designed to blend with
the natural setting. Construction materials were quarried on-site.
Native materials were used to blend the new with the old.
environment envisioned by National Park Service landscape architects
and implemented by the CCC shaped the visitor experience throughout
the park system and still does today. Large parks and small
monuments from Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Yellowstone to Sunset
Crater, Walnut Canyon and Wupatki all benefited from this great