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Walnut Canyon Professional Review and Guide
"An easy walk to cliff-dwelling–style Indian ruins in Walnut Canyon National Monument. It descends about 200 feet below the rim and circles a small butte. Interpretive signs along the way explain the ruins as well as the plants and animals found in the area. You’ll notice many additional ruins at about the same level as the trail on the opposite walls of Walnut Canyon."
--Bruce Grubbs, Hiking Northern Arizona (Falcon Guides).
Great short trail. Close-up vies of Sinagua cliff dwellings. 250-ish steps down-and-up. Better workout than a gym stairmaster and the view is spectacular.
The site is fantastic: scenic and impressive. It showcases an historic tribe of people who inhabited the area. The trail is paved the beginning of the trail is handicapped accessable and stairs have been built into all of the steeper parts . This walk takes you into a world of desert survival showing you the living quarters (ruins now) and terrain of the former inhabitants. There are markers along the trail that note the importance of the scene before you. Mud abodes line the sides of this canyon on both sides. This is something to behold if you are travelling in the Flagstaff area.
If you are physically able, this is a must do. The 200 steps down the side of the canyon take you back in time to a place where native tribes lived in cave like dwelling. THen, you actually get to see these dwellings up close and personal. the trail is paved all the way down and then around the landing that goes around the dwellings themselves. There are built in benches to rest on the way down the stairs and then back up, so you don''t have to rush if you are tired. Once again, if you can physically do it and you like early civilization archeology, this is a must.
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