• View of Cliff Dwellings from the Island Trail

    Walnut Canyon

    National Monument Arizona

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Getting There

By Plane

The nearest commercial airport is located in Flagstaff, Arizona.

By Car

Walnut Canyon National Monument is located approximately 7.5 miles (12km) east of Flagstaff.

To reach Walnut Canyon from Flagstaff, travel east on Interstate 40 toward Albuquerque. Take Exit 204, and head south. The Walnut Canyon Visitor Center is located at the end of this 3 mile road.


Tight turn-around in parking area for towed vehicles; 40 feet (12 meters) maximum length is recommended.

(A note about GPS units: We highly recommend you follow these directions or call the visitor center (928) 526-3367) and NOT rely on your GPS unit. While GPS units can be very useful in urban environments, they will often lead you astray in trying to reach Walnut Canyon. These units often do not accurately discern paved from unpaved roads, and may lead you into situations that vary from frustrating to dangerous.)

Public Transportation

None. Check with the Flagstaff Convention and Visitors Bureau for commercial tour services.

Did You Know?

the original Ranger Cabin, constructed in 1904

Walnut Canyon has been protected since 1904, first as part of the San Francisco Mountain Reserve (later Coconino National Forest). Early caretakers lived in a log cabin on the canyon rim. Walnut Canyon National Monument was established in 1915, one year before the National Park Service.