Walnut Canyon National Monument, AZ

Walk in the footsteps of people who lived at Walnut Canyon more than 700 years ago. Peer into their homes, cliff dwellings built deep within canyon walls. The presence of water in a dry land made the canyon rare and valuable to its early human inhabitants. It remains valuable today as habitat for plants and animals. See for yourself on trails along the canyon rim and into the depths.

This site was a last minute stop on our way to Sedona, AZ. I noticed it on the map and figured we’d just stop by since it was right off the interstate. It turned out to be one of our favorite site.

When you get to Walnut Canyon you walk down hundreds of steps to the “island” in the canyon. There you can walk into dozens of ancient cliff dwellings and see smoke stains on the ceilings where the inhabitants lived hundreds of years ago. As you walk around you can see even more dwellings off on the opposite side of the canyon.

Trey was a trooper and made the hike down to, around the island, and back up the 185 feet again.


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