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Date: August 17, 2012

Flagstaff Area National Monuments Celebrate the 96th Birthday of the

National Park Service

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA -On Saturday August 25th, come toWalnut Canyon National Monument to celebrate the 96th birthday of the National Park Service. Walnut Canyon will be celebrating this special day with interpretive programs and ranger-led Junior Ranger programs in the afternoon. All activities will take place at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center and are included with the entrance fee.  

Saturday, August 25th, 2012


10:00am and 2:30pm - Attend a ranger-guided hike on the popular Island Trail. Explore the geologic forces that created the canyon and learn about the people who called it home. Meet at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center.


2:00pm and 3:00pm - Calling all kids! We want you to become a Junior Ranger. Explore the lifestyle of the people who lived here 800 years ago and compare it to your own lives today. At the end of program children will earn a badge and a patch. Meet at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center.


The National Park Service was established on August 25, 1916. The United States was the first country in the world to set aside its most significant places as national parks so that they could be enjoyed by all.Today, we care for 397 national parks throughout the country - each one an important part of our collective identity. Some parks commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn something. Plan your visit at 

Walnut Canyon National Monument was established by proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on November 30, 1915, to preserve the ancient cliff dwellings. The Island Trail descends 185 feet (about halfway into the canyon), via 240 steps; it passes 25 cliff dwelling rooms offering glimpses of life at Walnut Canyon 900 years ago.

The entrance fee is $5 per adults 16 and over. Kids 15 and under are free. America the Beautiful, Access, Senior, Military, and Flagstaff Monuments Passes are accepted and sold. 

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

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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6400 U.S. 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004


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