• View of Cliff Dwellings from the Island Trail

    Walnut Canyon

    National Monument Arizona

Discover Your National Parks - Walnut Canyon National Monument to offer Guided Discovery Hikes

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Date: April 29, 2013
Contact: Cecilia Shields, 928-526-1157 x228

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA - From Memorial Day through Labor Day, Walnut Canyon National Monument will be offering guided hikes that allow you to discover the behind-the-scenes life of Walnut Canyon. From the work of the early Park Rangers and the historic Ranger Cabin, to the unique experience of living life on the canyon ledge, there is something new for everyone to discover.

The Ranger Cabin Hike is easy, lasts two hours, and will take place each Sunday. This visit to some of Walnut Canyon's backcountry will provide a glimpse into the early history of the area.

The Ledge Hike includes a strenuous portion, lasts three hours, and will take place on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. This is your chance to visit cliff dwellings not otherwise accessible to the public.

Reservations are required as space on these unique hikes is very limited. We will begin accepting reservations on May 1. Please call (928) 526-3367 for information and to reserve a space.

The Visitor Center at Walnut Canyon National Monument is open every day except December 25. The Rim Trail closes at 4:30 PM, and the Island Trail closes at 4:00 PM. Entrance fees are $5.00 per person age 16 and over. America the Beautiful passes are honored and sold. There is no additional fee for the either of the hikes.

Walnut Canyon National Monument is located 7.5 miles east of downtown Flagstaff via I-40 and can be reached at (928)526-3367 and on the web at www.nps.gov/waca.

 

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Did You Know?

Map of United States showing Old Trails Highwary route

In 1915 a spur road to what is now Walnut Canyon National Monument was designated part of the National Old Trails Highway, also known as the Ocean-to-Ocean Highway, which stretched for 3,095 miles across the US. Walnut Canyon became a short detour from this major transcontinental route.