• View of Cliff Dwellings from the Island Trail

    Walnut Canyon

    National Monument Arizona


Wwinter at bottom of the canyon

Winter in Walnut Canyon.

Walnut Canyon National Monument, at 6,900’ elevation, gets approximately 20” of precipitation per year. About 2/3 of this amount comes as rain during late summer monsoons; winter snowfall (58” on average) supplies the rest. Temperatures typically range from near 0 in winter to the mid-90s in summer.

But be prepared. Weather in northern Arizona varies tremendously with elevation. Above 10,000’ on the San Francisco Peaks, annual precipitation exceeds 40 inches, temperatures are considerably cooler, and the growing season is remarkably shorter. And 30 miles to the northeast lies desert - at 4500’, the Little Colorado River Basin typically receives less than 7” of rain each year.

Did You Know?

cliff dwellings

Original proposals in 1915 called for establishment of a Cliffs National Monument at Walnut Canyon. The name was changed to Walnut Canyon National Monument to avoid confusion with a nearby railroad siding, mill town, and post office called Cliffs.