Basic Information

Be prepared for variable and extreme weather conditions. You may expect high winds any time of year, summer temperatures above 95ºF (35ºC), afternoon storms July–September, and heavy snow from fall to spring. Dress in layers, as weather at Walnut Canyon can change quickly at any time of year.

Walnut Canyon Visitor Center

The visitor center features architecture from both the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Mission 66 era. The visitor center is the starting point for all visits to Walnut Canyon and is staffed daily by park rangers. Children may pick up Junior Ranger activities here.

Cliff dwelling on the Island Trail
Cliff dwelling along the Island Trail.

NPS Photo

Take a Step into the Past and Experience Walnut Canyon
Taking the steps down to the Island Trail or a walk along the Rim Trail, will provide opportunities to experience Walnut Canyon National Monument and the cultural and natural resources of the area.

Operating Hours & Seasons
Walnut Canyon is open year round from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (except December 25). Access to viewpoints of the canyon, and the park trails are not accessable after 5:00 p.m.

(928) 526-3367

Leave I-40 at Exit 204, 7.5 miles (12 km) east of Flagstaff; drive south 3 miles (5 km) to the canyon rim. Warning: Tight turn around for towed vehicles; 40 feet (12 meters) maximum length advisory.


Not all of Arizona is warm dry desert. Weather can vary widely, especially with elevation.

At Walnut Canyon (6690'/2039m above sea level), be prepared for snow in winter, hot sun in summer with afternoon thunderstorms, and, especially in spring, strong gusty winds on the rim and/or in the canyon. Best advice - dress in layers, because the weather can change quickly at any time of year.

Leashed pets are allowed on the Rim Trail and in the visitor center parking lot. Pets are not permited in the visitor center or on the Island Trail. Please clean up after your pet.

NOTE: Summer heat is intense; pets left in vehicles - even for a short time - can suffer heat stroke and die.

Last updated: June 9, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

6400 U.S. 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004


(928) 526-3367

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