History & Culture
Walnut Canyon National Monument was established by President Woodrow Wilson on November 30, 1915, to preserve ancient cliff dwellings. Initially managed by the US Forest Service, the monument was transferred to the National Park Service in 1934. Today a variety of archeological and natural resources are preserved on approximately 3600 acres.
Understanding of earlier populations comes from multiple perspectives, including the traditional history of the people themselves and interpretations by archeologists of structures and artifacts that remain. You can explore both through the links on this page.
Did You Know?
Flagstaff, Arizona, is the world's first designated International Dark Sky City. This helps to ensure dark night skies at 3 national monuments located nearby - Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater Volcano, and Wupatki.