The Rim Trail will be partially open from May - October for trail work. During this closure the first viewpoint and path to the junction will be available. The trail to the second viewpoint, the pueblo, and pit house will be closed.
Stroll along the canyon rim through a mixed juniper and pinion pine forest. Two canyon overlooks provide scenic views of the canyon and cliff dwellings below. Explore a partially rebuilt pithouse and pueblo set back from the canyon rim. On a summers day, visit the demonstration garden that features traditional crops grown by the Sinagua.
Do your part to protect the park by staying on the established trails, not climbing or leaning on dwelling walls, and by not removing or disturbing park features. The Rim Trail is for pedestrains only, there are no biking trails at Walnut Canyon.
Visitors must begin the Rim Trail by 4:30 p.m. This ensures that hikers have ample time to explore the trail and to depart before the park closes at 5:00 p.m.
Backcountry hiking is not allowed in order to protect fragile archeological and natural features. Hiking is permitted only on designated trails.
0.7 mile round-trip
30 minutes round-trip
Easy, fairly level.
The first part of the trail, leading to the first canyon overlook, is paved and accessible. Ask at the visitor center before proceeding further.