Wupatki, Sunset Crater Volcano, and Walnut Canyon National Monuments are managed collectively as the Flagstaff Area National Monuments. Together, they protect more than 40,000 acres and 3,000 archeological sites, in a landscape of expansive high deserts, canyons, mountains, mesas, and volcanic features.


In January 2014 the Flagstaff Area National Monuments and the Coconino National Forest completed the Walnut Canyon Special Study Under Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-11). The study examined: (1) current uses and federal management actions; (2) a range of alternative management and designation options, including evaluation of potential tradeoffs on Study Area resources, recreational opportunities, and social and economic values; and (3) natural and cultural resources. The study also summarized public participation and the input received during the study process. A hard copy of the study is available by contacting 928-526-1157.


In October 2011, the Flagstaff Area National Monuments and Museum of Northern Arizona completed An Assessment of the National Significance of Cultural Resources for the Walnut Canyon Special Resource Study. The purpose of the study was to identify any properties in the study area that are individually nationally significant or to identify a group or cluster of properties that collectively is nationally significant. Hard copy study results are available by calling 928-526-1157.

Last updated: January 11, 2018

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