Arizona September 01, 2019
Take An Easy 1-Mile Hike Through 25 Ancient Cliff Dwellings At Walnut Canyon National Monument In Arizona
Evidence left behind by ancient peoples can be found all over Arizona, but Walnut Canyon National Monument is an especially well-preserved site. It’s full of ancient cliff dwellings that date back over 700 years and features jaw-dropping panoramic views that deserve a top spot on your outdoor adventure bucket list.
Over 700 years ago, an isolated pueblo community lived high up in Walnut Canyon. Look closely and you'll see the ancient cliff dwellings they called home so long ago.
Walnut Canyon has two different trails, Island and Rim, but we'll be focusing on the Island Trail today.
A brief, yet strenuous adventure, it descends 185 feet into the canyon before returning on the same route.
Clocking in at just one mile round-trip, the hike is a perfect addition to your next Flagstaff day trip.
Its winding pathways lead straight through the archaeological marvels constructed by people with basic tools and limited construction education.
Brick by brick, the Sinagua people used their innate wisdom to build these intricate lodgings.
At first glance, it looks as if the entire structure is about to give way, but further inspection reveals a hearty stronghold that is in no danger of collapsing.
Visitors can actually go inside the dwellings and imagine what it would've been like to live here.
Informative plaques are placed along the trail, providing greater insight as to how the rooms were used and details about daily life here.
As you approach the summit, an awe-inspiring woodland landscape expands far as the eye can see.
Pause a moment, close your eyes, and marvel at just how serene the world seems from this high up. No wonder the Sinagua wanted to make their homes here!
Address: 3 Walnut Canyon Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Visitor Center Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Access to the Island Trail closes at 4 p.m.
Visit the monument’s
website or Facebook page to learn more.
Have you ever hiked the Island Trail at Walnut Canyon National Monument? If so, we’d love to hear all about your experience! Let us know how it went, and check out our previous article for another hike that leads straight to an ancient village:
There’s A Hike In Arizona That Leads You Straight To An Abandoned Village.