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NPS to Replace Large Window Walls in Walnut Canyon Visitor Center
FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA - The National Park Service will begin work to replace the large window walls in the Walnut Canyon Viewing Room on Monday, September 17, 2012.
"The windows in the Walnut Canyon Viewing Room have endured rain, snow and fierce winds for over 50 years. To ensure the safety and enjoyment of monument visitors, it is time to replace them, and we apologize for the inconvenience," said Superintendent, Diane Chung.
Beginning Monday, September 17, 2012, the Canyon Viewing Room will be closed for approximately four weeks. During this time, visitors will still have access to the main portion of the visitor center including the museum and bookstore. The Island Trail and Rim Trail will remain open. Access to the Island Trail will be via the historic stairs and through the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) section of the visitor center.
NPS maintenance staff has been planning this project for several months to discuss the safest and most efficient way to replace the wooden framing and glass. Once the project is complete, the Canyon Viewing Room will again showcase the beauty and wonder of Walnut Canyon with monument visitors.
The monument is open daily, except December 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The entrance fee is $5.00/person for visitors 16 and over. America the Beautiful Passes are honored 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 www.nps.gov/waca.