• View of Cliff Dwellings from the Island Trail

    Walnut Canyon

    National Monument Arizona

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  • Island Trail Partial Closures

    Sections of the Island Trail are undergoing needed repairs creating partial closures. Please call ahead 928-526-3367 for the latest conditions.

Rim Trail

Ranger with visitors at canyon overlook

Canyon overlook on Rim Trail

NPS photo by Dallas Larsen

This is a self-guided trail along the canyon rim and through ponderosa forest. You'll see 2 canyon overlooks, plus a pithouse and pueblo set back from the canyon rim. This upland area is also where crops were grown.

Please stay on the established trail, don't climb on walls, and do not remove or disturb any features.

Entry to the trail closes 30 minutes before the monument closes.

Distance 0.7 mile round-trip
Time

30 minutes round-trip

Difficulty Easy, fairly level.
Accessibility The first part of the trail, leading to the first canyon overlook, is paved and accessible. Ask at the visitor center before proceeding further.

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.